Dr Carlos Fuchtner, FIGO President makes commitment to implementing International Childbirth Initiative

Dr Carlos Fuchtner, FIGO President makes commitment to implementing International Childbirth Initiative

The delegates of FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janiero this week enjoyed an impressive beginning to the Presidency of Dr Carlos Fuchtner of Bolivia.

Maternal mortality was a major theme of his opening address when he highlighted the fact that 52% of maternal deaths are attributable to the three leading, and entirely preventable, causes of haemorrhage, sepsis and hypertensive disorders. Dr Fuchtner also addressed that 8% of maternal mortality can be attributed to unsafe abortion, before addressing the unmet need for access to family planning and the estimated costs of gender based violence in some countries runs from 1.2% to 3.7% of GDP.

Dr Fuchtner made the following commitments:

  • To lead FIGO to address issues of cancer preventions and treatment, infection and diseases, prematurity and non-communicable diseases.
  • To implement a strategy to prevent violence against women.
  • To change the perception that FIGO is strongly dominated by men. And to promote women to become FIGO leaders for all levels of the organisation.
  • To decrease maternal mortality due to PPH by implementation of PPH Bundles.
  • To implement ‘International Childbirth Initiative’
  • To make contraception available at low cost worldwide.
  • Making a strong commitment towards reducing unsafe abortion.

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Launching the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI)

Launching the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI)

A new initiative launched by the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI) at the XXII FIGO World Congress in Brazil provides comprehensive guidance and support for safe and respectful maternal care globally.

Endorsed by a growing number of health professionals, advocacy groups and educational institutions around the world, ‘12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care’ is a clear and unifying template for maternal and newborn health (MNH).

Building on ICI’s past work and cutting-edge evidence, the 12 Steps also reflect the best practice of organisations currently working in the field of MNH worldwide.

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