This prestigious Conference, the SLCOG Golden Jubilee Congress 2017 – in association with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) and the South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SAFOG) – is held in collaboration with the Golden Jubilee of the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (SLCOG) and is organised by the SLCOG.
We are delighted that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG, UK), The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and The European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) will also participate.
As President of FIGO, I am honoured to be in attendance to represent FIGO and its 130 Member Societies around the world. SLCOG – as a long-term Member Society of FIGO – is an immensely valuable organisation in the field of global women’s health. It is also represented as one of 24 Member Societies on the FIGO Executive Board. FIGO is delighted to work so closely with the leadership of SLCOG – both organisations are immeasurably strengthened by this mutual partnership as we work together to maintain a close professional focus on the South Asian Region.
The theme of the Congress – ‘Improving Women’s Health; Past Experience – Tomorrow’s Agenda’ resonates deeply with FIGO. There are many women’s health issues demanding our attention – as well as taking forward maternal mortality initiatives, our active engagement is required in the ongoing prevention and early detection of cervical cancer, breast disease, maternal nutrition, diabetes and family planning, to name just a few areas. For example, one of FIGO’s major initiatives, its project for ‘Institutionalising Post-Partum IUD Services’, was first piloted in Sri Lanka (now being reproduced in other countries), and aims to address the post-partum contraceptive needs of women by institutionalising the practice of offering immediate post-partum Intra-Uterine Device services (IUD) in hospital. This is but one example of FIGO, governments and Member Societies working together for the benefit of women’s health. Long may these collaborative efforts continue.
FIGO has a vision that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives. I congratulate the organisers of this superb event for the forward planning and attention to detail that will enable us to move towards that vision with confidence and energy.
Please avail yourselves of everything this remarkable gathering has to offer, not least the excellent Pre-Congress Workshops and the varied and plentiful scientific sessions. Robust debate is assured, and there will be rich opportunities to reaffirm old associations and create new professional relationships.
I look forward to seeing you there.
My very best wishes
Professor C N Purandare