#IWD2015: International Women’s Day 2015 – Outlook through Outreach

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(Image by ISUOG Outreach – Ghana)

Every year, millions of people across the world unite in recognition of International Women’s Day, on 8 March.

International Women’s Day has been acknowledged for over 100 years and is an opportunity to celebrate the huge strides we have taken over recent years to bridge the gaps in gender equality and to close those gaps a little further, each time.

Gender equality means a lot of different things to different people. For some, its’ economic equality, for some it’s simply means men and women having equal opportunities.

For ISUOG the topic of gender equality is particularly poignant as in many parts of the world women’s health care is far inferior and lacking in crucial services.

Our vision is to ensure that all women have access to competent ultrasound services and International Women’s Day is therefore an opportunity to highlight the work of our members and partners who contribute to our Outreach program.

Since the ISUOG Outreach program was founded in 2010, we have undertaken 16 projects across six countries training 135 practitioners in basic ultrasound skills. Thanks to our Industry partners, we have supplied 25 ultrasound machines across these sites and scanned 1,095 women, simultaneously training the local practitioners in how to use this technology to diagnose and manage some of the most serious obstetric conditions that affect women during pregnancy and childbirth.

But there is still a long way to go, both in the clinic and in the wider community as a huge obstacle in some cultures is women’s empowerment and willingness to seek professional help during pregnancy, which can pose a huge risk to their health, and that of their child.

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