Global network

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists supports the rights of women and girls across the world to access safe and high-quality healthcare, tackling maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. Through support of various global initiatives, we seek to ensure that:

  • Women’s health care is delivered with respect, dignity and compassion across the world;
  • Every girl and every woman has the right to health and to do what she chooses with her body;
  • Women's rights are preserved and all forms of violence against women globally.

We raise awareness through mobilising our international community to support such initiatives as “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, “SheDecides” and “International Safe Abortion Day”.

8,000 of our 16,000 members come from beyond the British Isles. Through our global community of Fellows and Members, we support women worldwide through exam centres, training courses and quality improvement projects. 

Global Health Projects and Partnerships

The Centre for Women’s Global Health is committed to supporting women’s health in low-resource environments, through training health care providers in quality care which is acceptable to women, and advocacy to raise awareness of women’s health issues.

For example, our Leading Safe Choices initiative aims to strengthen the competence and raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania.

Find out more about our current projects here.

Our Partners

  • International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics: The RCOG is a member of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), including the development of the Fistula Training Initiative;
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: The RCOG and LSTM have developed the training package, the Life Saving Skills Course; 
  • Surgical Training in the Austere Environment: The STAE course is a collaboration between the RCOG and the Royal College of Surgeons. It is designed for surgeons who are part of the UK Trauma Register and who are deployed to humanitarian disasters and war zones;
  • Voluntary Service Overseas: The RCOG/VSO Fellowship offers UK trainees 1-year placements working to improve obstetric care in developing countries.