FIGO World Congress is the largest international conference of OBGYNs from around the world.

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Dr. Jennifer Tang presenting at FIGO.

In early October, Drs. Jennifer Tang, Lameck Chinula and Dawn Kopp of UNC Global Women’s Health presented at the 2015 FIGO World Congress of Gynecology & Obstetrics in Vancouver, Canada. More than 6,000 OBGYNs from 140 countries attended the meeting, which is the largest international conference of OBGYNs from around the world and held only once every 3 years.

In their recent post ‘Advocacy & Health Policy: FIGO Roundup: How Can We Improve Maternal Mortality Rates in Sub-Saharan Africa?,’ the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists praised the nearly 75 FIGO attendees from United States and African institutions who shared their experiences in training more OBGYNs to help reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Frank Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School and director of the 1000+ OBGYNs Project, cited UNC’s Global Women’s Health program as a success story in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have seen recent success in the Malawi partnership with Baylor University and the University of North Carolina where they now are on their third class of residents based on the Ghanaian model. We are seeing a birth of our specialty in sub-Saharan Africa. The stories we heard at the FIGO meetings are really inspiring,” he said in the post.

Read more about UNC Global Women’s Health presentations at FIGO.

Read more from ACOG’s post on improving infant mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa.