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The SOGC is a professional medical association composed of over 3,000 members, including gynaecologists, obstetriciansm family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals. See other sections of our media library for additional international women's health resources.


Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD)

ACPD is a Canadian human rights advocacy organization that promotes public policy discussion on population and development issues. Their website features fulltext pdf reports, including the following:

  • Integrating HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Rethinking Population and Women

Engender Health

EngenderHealth is an international organization promoting reproductive health issues in the developing world. Their site contains a variety of user-friendly and client-centered reference material. Subjects include but are not limited to: understanding sexuality and gender, exploring men's reproductive health and its role in women's health, maternal/child health, family planning, prevention of HIV/STIs, post-abortion care, postpartum care and more.

Family Care International (FCI)

FCI is an American not-for-profit organization originally created to promote maternal health. Their priorities now include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, safe motherhood, HIV/STIs, and more. Their website features fulltext pdf reports, including the following:

  • Saving Women s Lives: The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion (2005)
  • Millenium Development Goals & Sexual and Reproductive Health Briefing Cards (2005)

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

FIGO is the only worldwide organization representing obstetricians and gynaecologists. Their mission is to promote women's health and well-being, and to raise the standard of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology. Their website features fulltext pdf reports, including:

  • FIGO Professional and Ethical Responsibilities Concerning Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • FIGO Newsletter
    Information about XVIII FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2006)

International Planned Parenthood Federation

www.ippfwhr.org (Regional site for the Western Hemisphere, based in New York)

The IPPF is an organization composed of national member associations in 180 countries worldwide, working in five priority areas: abortion, access, adolescents, advocacy, and AIDS/HIV. www.ippfwhr.org features fulltext pdf reports, including the following:

Fulltext pdf articles, recent reports include, but are not limited to (at www.ippfwhr.org):

  • Understanding Political and Religious Opposition to Reproductive Health and Rights (2006)
  • Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty (2006)

JHPIEGO: An Affiliate of John Hopkins University

Jhpiego is an international not-for-profit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Jhpiego works to improve the delivery of health care services to women and their families in limited-resource settings.

Partnerships for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

The Partnership was formed in 2005 and its members range from governments to not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, professional associations and various United Nations agencies and programs. The Partnership's chief goal is to support the achievement of Millenium Development Goals 4 and 5 through an integrated approach or continuum of care that focuses on the interdependency of maternal, newborn and child health. Their website features a variety of fulltext reports.

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization whose mission is focused on improving health by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. PATH's website offers a wide range of fulltext pdf publications searchable by subject, title, geographical region and language.

Save the Children

Save the Children is a US-based, independent organization that is part of the International Save the Children Alliance and works with families and children in over 45 countries worldwide.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The UNFPA is a United Nations organization that works on a broad range of population-related issues, including meeting development goals, improving reproductive health, making motherhood safer, supporting adolescents and youth, preventing HIV/AIDS, promoting gender equality, and protecting human rights. Their website features many notable fulltext pdf reports, including the following:

Women's Dignity

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is the branch of the United Nations system responsible for providing leadership on global health issues. Their websites feature a variety of resources on topics of reproductive health and gender, including those listed below:

WHO Department of Reproductive Health Research

WHO Gender, Women and Health

  • What is Gender Mainstreaming? The WHO Gender Policy (2002)
  • 'En-gendering' the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on Health (2003)
  • Annotated Bibliography: Selected WHO Publications on Gender, Women and Health 1999-2005 (2005)