International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

International Federation Of Gynecology And Obstetrics

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International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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The International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, usually just FIGO as the acronym of its French name Fédération Internationale de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique, is a worldwide NGO organisation representing obstetricians and gynaecologists in over one hundred territories. It was founded on 26 July 1954 in Geneva, Switzerland as an organisation representing 42 national societies. Membership is currently composed of 124 professional societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists worldwide. The headquarters of FIGO was initially located at Geneva, Switzerland. The FIGO Secretariat is located at London.

Core activities

The aim of FIGO is to "promote the well-being of women and to raise the standard of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology". It is financed by dues of member societies, grants, and educational activities.

FIGO's work covers many aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology such as oncology, STDs/AIDS, perinatal health, education, safe motherhood, the pathology of the breast, medical terminology, social activities on women's health, new technology and ethics.


Major publications include-

  • International Journal of Gynaecology & Obstetrics- peer reviewed journal published monthly by Elsevier Science
  • "FIGO Newsletter" - published three times a year
  • Annual Reports
  • World Report on Women’s Health
  • FIGO Ethics Guidelines have been reproduced (with commentary) in academic......
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