Improving obstetric health is a critical step towards the reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality. Maternal mortality related to pregnancy is the leading cause of mortality in women of child-bearing age and perinatal mortality standing at more than 6 million per year worldwide represents an increasingly high proportion of childhood deaths. Almost all of the maternal and perinatal deaths occur in the developing world.
Introducing ultrasound technology to prenatal care may have a significant impact on improving maternal and perinatal health in the developing world by identifying at-risk pregnancies and directing deliveries to hospital settings. Complications such as ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, multiple pregnancy, fetal malposition and abnormal fetal growth are known to increase morbidity and mortality and are all simply diagnosed using ultrasound diagnosis.
The International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) is an international professional organisation and charity, which has been in existence since 1991 and, with over 9,000 members in 126 countries, is the most important society in this medical specialty.
ISUOG is dedicated to ensuring that all women have access to competent ultrasound and that obstetric and gynecological conditions are effectively diagnosed. ISUOG delivers high quality learning through its education program and disseminates research information and clinical guidance through its journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (UOG) and World Congress.
Given ISUOG is ideally suited to provide the necessary training and support for the introduction of ultrasound services to women’s healthcare, the ISUOG Outreach Program was thus created to carry out and promote the education, training and the availability of ultrasound in under-deserved communities around the world with the goal of enhancing maternal and perinatal health.
Supporting its work in under privileged world regions, ISUOG is a proud to be part of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health of the World Health Organization.
For more information about ISUOG Outreach, please visit http://www.isuog.org/outreach