The 2019 World Congress of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) took place in London from 17 – 19th June 2019. The programme had a wide range of topics and session formats including plenary lectures, six concurrent streams, lively debates, presentations from scientific abstracts, breakfast sessions and a variety of pre-Congress workshops.
A number of researchers from the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine participated in the conference, presenting posters of their research, chairing panel sessions and delivering presentations.
Dr Jamila Al Abri, PhD student at CMNH delivered a presentation about her research study into national maternal near-miss study in Oman. “It was a good experience to participate in such a large conference and interact with colleagues from all over the world to share our findings of the project and at the same time learn from their work.”
Dr Florence Mgawadere, Senior Research Associate at CMNH, presented a poster about Quality of care during childbirth in a low resource setting. This study provides insights on what should be addressed in order to strengthen the quality of childbirth care from both healthcare providers and women who are the recipients of care. Details of the study can be accessed here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613819300890?via%3Dihub
Dr Aminu Umar, PhD student at CMNH presented a poster about systematic literature review on Early Warning Systems in obstetric care. “It was such a rare opportunity to present my research to a diverse audience and to interact with delegates having similar research interest from all over the world.”
Dr Mary McCauley, Academic Clinical Lecturer at CMNH presented five posters showing different projects related to global maternal health and the Trainee Global Health Committee at the RCOG. Mary also presented her PhD work on ‘The burden of physical, psychological and social ill-health in women during and after pregnancy in India, Pakistan, Malawi and Kenya’ at the RCOG Global Health stream of the event. Mary is Chair of the Trainee Global Health Committee at the RCOG and hosted a session debating the value in international medical volunteering.
After the event, she commented: “It was a privilege to be part of such a large conference with delegates from all over the world, all passionate to improve women’s health. It was great that there was global health stream for presentations of work and projects taking place in low resource settings. Many thanks to the RCOG for the invitation to host a session for the Trainee Global Health Committee, and to debate the value of international medical volunteering.”