FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Projects
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the driving force behind the Saving Mothers & Newborns Projects. Each project, conducted in 10 lower resource countries, brings together the ob/gyn and midwife professional associations at the national level, and promotes further collaboration between ob/gyn societies of developed countries and those in the implementing countries through twinning mechanisms. The SOGC is currently active with FIGO Saving Mothers & Newborns Projects in Haiti, Kosovo, Uganda, Ukraine and Uruguay.
The main goals of the FIGO Saving Mothers & Newborns Projects are to reduce maternal deaths and injuries and improve access to maternal and newborn care. These goals are closely tied to the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals:
4. Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five;
5. Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.
All the FIGO Saving Mothers & Newborns Projects have the same ultimate aim of increasing women’s access to quality obstetrical care. However, each national project has unique goals, reflecting the unique needs of different developing countries. Collaboration between the SOGC and the national professional associations of partner countries, as well as collaboration with government, civil society organizations, and other relevant associations is the key to reaching these goals.