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WFSA Signs MOU with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to solidify future collaboration and coordination

FIGO LogoFurther to enthusiastic support from their respective Boards, WFSA and FIGO Chief Executives, Julian Gore-Booth and Johan Vos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of an initiative for the two organisations to work together more closely. The WFSA will work with FIGO to highlight and encourage collaborative work between obstetricians, gynaecologists and anaesthesiologists in order to facilitate the highest standards of patient care.

The agreement will promote collaboration and coordination between the two organisations. The WFSA and FIGO will explore the possibility of collaborating on future project implementation and funding applications as well as the possibility of collaborating on future advocacy work.

Specific actions have already been set out for the coming four years, such as WFSA inclusion in the Scientific Programme at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. Similarly, FIGO will participate in the Scientific Programme at the next WFSA World Congress (WCA) in Prague in 2020. Additionally, both organisations will submit papers to the other’s journal publications (FIGO’s International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) and WFSA’s Update In Anaesthesia (UIA), Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and/or the Global Health Section of Anesthesia & Analgesia).

Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA CEO said, “Mutual sharing and collaboration between the WFSA and FIGO will be extremely beneficial to obstetricians, gynaecologists, anaesthesiologists, and their patients. Both organisations are deeply committed to improving mother and child health around the world, and with 300,000 mothers dying every year during childbirth the challenges we face and the impact we can make are significant."

As the WFSA works to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage around the world, it is vital to have strong partners such as FIGO to ensure a joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to health systems strengthening.”

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