Timeline

1994

The SOGC hosts the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics World Congress

The SOGC hosts the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) World Congress in Montreal where, for the first time in the history of the congress, a member – the SOGC – initiates a fellowship program for young ob/gyns from developing countries.

1995

The SOGC establishes the International Women’s Health Committee

SOGC volunteers interested in international work meet as an interest group at the Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM).

1996

SOGC volunteers interested in international work meet as an interest group at the ACM

SOGC volunteers interested in international work meet as an interest group at the ACM.

1997

The SOGC becomes involved in FIGO’s Save the Mothers Fund Initiative.

Dr. A. B. Lalonde participates as a Canadian Technical Expert to the first Safe Motherhood meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

SOGC volunteers interested in international work meet as an interest group at the ACM.

1998

The SOGC’s International Women’s Health Program is born; one staff member is hired to coordinate the program

The SOGC integrates the importance of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide into its mission and dedicates the necessary resources for the development of the program.

The SOGC is successful in obtaining support from the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) Canadian Partnership Program for a capacity building project with the professional ob/gyn associations of Haiti, Uganda and Guatemala. This first initiative (1998-1999) forms the basis of the SOGC’s current Partnership Program.

The SOGC agrees to financially support, for the first time in its history, a mother-child community project in an isolated region of Honduras.

The SOGC, in partnership with the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Uganda (AOGU), participates in FIGO’s first generation of the Save the Mothers initiative. A needs assessment is conducted and a proposal is developed.

1999

First edition of AIP Manual published

The SOGC, in partnership with AOGU, is successful in retaining the support of FIGO’s Save the Mothers project to conduct the Kiboga Safe Motherhood Initiative. This district-wide initiative, which aims to upgrade the capacity of the health system in the district of Kiboga, runs from 1999-2004.

2000

The SOGC prioritizes international health within its five-year strategic plan

The SOGC proves successful in obtaining its second grant for the continuation of its partnership program for a period of three years.

International Women’s Health Symposium held at the Annual Clinical Meeting for the first time.

First partnership meeting held with the partners of the SOGC Partnership Program.

2001

Support received the CAW Social Justice Fund

Support received from the CAW Social Justice Fund to integrate a community mobilizing component to the Kiboga Safe Motherhood Initiative.

The SOGC publishes a booklet and pamphlet entitled “Improving Reproductive and Sexual Health: Integrating Women’s Empowerment and Reproductive Rights”.”

2002

Sub-contract from CPHA for the conduct of a capacity-building initiative with the Kosovo Obstetrics and Gynecology Association (KOGA)

Sub-contract from CPHA for the conduct of a capacity-building initiative with the Kosovo Obstetrics and Gynecology Association (KOGA). The KOGA-SOGC Partnership Program is born.

2003

The SOGC integrates infants into its scope of intervention in recognition of the links between healthy mothers and healthy newborns

With the support of FIGO, the IWHP delivers the ALARM International Program training and instructors’ course in Indonesia and the Philippines.

The SOGC assumes a leadership role in the development of the FIGO/ICM joint statement on the prevention and treatment of post-partum hemorrhage.

2004

The SOGC proves successful in having its CIDA-funded partnership project recognized as a program and renewed for three years.

The SOGC assumes a leadership role in the development of the FIGO/ICM International Joint statement entitled “FIGO/ICM Global Initiative to Prevent Post-Partum Hemorrhage”.

The SOGC assumes a leadership role in the development of an international joint statement entitled “FIGO Professional and Ethical Responsibilities Concerning Sexual and Reproductive Health”.

The SOGC participates in the development of a joint policy statement related to cervical cancer and prevention in low-resource settings.

With the support of FIGO, the delivery of 2 AIP training programs and training courses is completed in India.

The 3rd edition of the AIP manual is published.

2005

To come

To come

2006

International Women’s Health retained as a priority within the SOGC’s 2006-2011 strategic plan

First AIP Global Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The SOGC becomes involved as a twinning society to four FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Projects in Uganda, Haiti, Kosovo and Ukraine. Two SOGC mentors per country intervention are named.

As part of the FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Initiative, the SOGC is awarded a contract from the Capacity Project related to building the capacity of the Ukrainian Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (UAOG) to promote the AIP as a tool to upgrade the quality of maternal and infant health services in the country.

The SOGC, in collaboration with the Société Haïtienne d’Obstétrique et de Gynécologie (SHOG), is awarded a contract by MSPP/UNICEF/UNFPA to deliver the AIP within a Safe Motherhood project funded by CIDA. This initiative permits the delivery of an extended AIP, which includes an evaluation of the health centres’ capacity to deliver emergency obstetric care (EOC), training of health professionals in EOC, and monitoring and evaluation activities following the training.

2007

MSPP/UNICEF/UNFPA sub-contract renewed

The SOGC renews its CIDA-funded Partnership Program for a period of 5 years. Burkina Faso becomes the latest partner of the Partnership Program and the SOGC beings working with the Société des Obstétriciens et Gynécologues du Burkina Faso (SOGOB).

In March, the SOGC and AOGU host a Youth Leadership Workshop in Uganda with residents from all the partner professional associations attending and learning health professional leadership skills. Over 50 young health care providers are trained.

A strong delegation of SOGC staff, volunteers and partner associations participate in the 3rd Safe Motherhood Conference, entitled Women Deliver, held in London, UK.

The QUARITE Research Project is launched.

2008

4th edition of AIP Manual published

The International Women’s Health Program celebrates ten years of existence! The program team has grown to 8 people.

A new AIP initiative begins in Guyana.

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