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Hamid Rushwan and Joseph Ruminjo

Professor Hamid Rushwan is Chief Executive of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), based in London. He received his medical degree, as well as the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynecology), from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He was a postgraduate scholar in the UK, and became a Member, and subsequently Fellow, of the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

During his academic career in Sudan, Professor Rushwan contributed significantly to the promotion of undergraduate and postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynecology. He founded the Sudan Fertility Care Association (SFCA), which is still active today in the fields of research into, and training within, women’s health.

He was also the Chairman of the International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), the International Federation of Family Health (IFFH), and Founding Member of the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH).

He has made significant contributions towards women’s health globally through his senior appointments at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During his work in the international field, he has contributed to the development of policies and the establishment of a number of service and research institutions in low- and middle-resource countries for the promotion of women’s health.

His main interests are the promotion of Reproductive Healthcare in general and Maternal and Newborn Health in particular in low-resource countries; the eradication of harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children; and empowering obstetricians and gynecologists to play a leading role in improving policy and practice in their own countries.

Professor Rushwan has more than 100 published papers to his credit and has also contributed papers to numerous books.

Dr. Ruminjo is a consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist with over 20 years experience in the delivery of high quality reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked as a clinician, University faculty in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and provided technical assistance and training to health providers, managers and program staff in more than a dozen countries in Africa and Asia.

He is currently Clinical Director in EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and program activities in Emergency Obstetric Care, fistula prevention interventions, fistula treatment and linkages to reintegration in collaboration with national and regional counterparts.


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