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Young MWIA

The Young MWIA’s (yMWIA) full name is Special Interest Group for Young Female Doctors and Medical Students. It is an opportunity for the younger members of the profession to meet and discuss issues relevant to their stage in their careers. More information you will find here.

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March 4, 2019
Perception and Use of Contraceptives Among Kenyan Youth
Please read this inspiring and thought-provoking well-written blog by Dr. Beverly Johnson – immediate past president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC). FMWC is a member national association of MWIA. She traveled to Kenya in the fall of 2018 to attend the regional meeting Africa & Near East of the Medical Women´s International Association (MWIA). There, she and Dr. Clarissa Fabre from the UK ( President-Elect of MWIA) discussed the issues surrounding contraception in young women in Kenya. They knew they wanted to share their stories globally.

December 8, 2018
Film and Medicine
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) presents a CME program on Myalgic Encephalopathy (Chronic Fatigue) through the award-winning, critically acclaimed film Unrest.

November 29, 2017
Participation at Regional Committee WHO sessions
Dr. Cissy Yu, MWIA´s VP for the western pacific region, attended on behalf of MWIA the WHO’s 68th session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Brisbane, Australia (9-13 October 2017). Dr Cissy Yu attended the WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting at Brisbane, Australia 9-13 October 2017. The picture to the left shows the delegates from International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations Meeting Dr. Yu (3rd from left).  Her comprehensive report can be found here.

MWIA has launched a teaching module on violence with case studies
The launch was at the last International MWIA in Vienna, Austria at the end of July 2016. The module can be found here. The chair of the working group is MWIA´s president, Prof. Bettina Pfleiderer. MWIA thanks all the contributors for their hard work to make this happen!

Birthing kits for Afghanistan
This is a link to a video about the Tabish organization in Afghanistan.
This is the organization to whom MWIA gave the birthing kits for Afghanistan.
If you look at the part of the video where the midwife is talking you will
actually see the kits.

Donation of ultrasound machines- a MWIA success story

20 ultrasound machines and a 2 days teaching class for 40 doctors were provided by the  DAK foundation with support from the Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) to their partner Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) / Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) to be given to Maternal Health Program Partners in Nigeria.
“Mrs A. had an unexplained fetal death at 38 weeks in her last confirnment. In this current pregnancy, she had been very apprehensive. She came to the clinic at 39 weeks and was very worried. An USS performed using the DAK USS Machine enabled her to see her baby and the perfectly beating heart”. The picture shows Dr. Rosemary Ogu, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, University of Port Harcourt/University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital examing patient A.
Ultra sound machines will be also sent to Afghanistan, Rwanda, Grenada, Tanzania and Ghana. MWIA as well as her partners are deeply grateful for these gifts.

Birthing kits for india

MWIA has partnered with Zonta International in Toronto/Waterloo for provision of birthing kits.  Zonta has been assembling these kits which consist of:

  • 3 ft. by 3 ft. piece of poly
  • Five gauzes 4 inches by 4 inches
  • 3 pieces of umbilical tape (10 inches long each)
  • One-sided razor blade
  • Pair of rubber gloves
  • Piece of soap

The hope is that once the WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist is up and running that it can also be included in the birthing kits.  To date, kits have gone to Afghanistan, Malawi, Grenada and India.
Birthing kits were handed over by MWIA president Prof. Kyung Ah Dr. Park to two members of the West Bengal Branch in Calcutta (India) at the Mission Hospital  (see picture to the left). The West Bengal Branch of the Association of Medical Women in India have run this Mission Hospital for well over 30 years. Obstetric services are part of the services they provide.
They have a close association with the orphanage run by Mother Teresa in that they look after the nuns that work at the orphanage.

MWIA webinar series 2014

Prof. Padmini Murthy, MWIA Rep. to the UN and Director of Global Health at the New  York Medical College presented a Webinar on the topic:

“Women’s Health is Society’s Wealth – MDGs and beyond”

A summary of the webinar and slides can be downloaded here.

International, National, Regional and  Local Level

Many of the activities of the organization are conducted at country level where national associations address identified priorities in the country in different ways as appropriate. For example, this could take place through lectures, scientific conferences or provision of medical services.  A summary of the various activities can be found here.


International Congresses and General Assemblies are held every 3 years in various countries of the world. At the scientific meetings of Congresses papers are presented on a chosen topic. The General Assemblies decide upon administrative policy. Resolutions expressing the concerns of the members are submitted to the General Assembly for approval.

How to become a good advocate?

Dr. Gail Beck provides some answers in this interview: Info Capsule Profile 2013