I am proud of what ACOG is doing in so many areas of women’s health, but I have particular pride in our global health initiatives. On June 13-14, I participated with a very dedicated group of ACOG Fellows in the Global Operations Advisory Group meeting to develop a strategic plan for our global operations. For two rewarding days, we created plans to help extend ACOG’s contributions to our ob-gyn colleagues in other countries and the women in those countries who are so in need of improvements in health care.
Yes, we do have our own problems within the United States, but our problems pale in comparison with those of many countries. As we work to strengthen women’s health care in our own country, we also have the opportunity to share those strengths. If we are truly leaders in women’s health care, we must consider the plight of women across the world and share our knowledge and expertise for the betterment of women everywhere.
ACOG is respected internationally for our educational materials and our leadership in all aspects of women’s health. A significant number of our Fellows already are dedicating time and effort to directly working with existing resources in other countries to improve obstetrical and gynecologic care. We also have many young physicians who are willing to offer their skills to help underserved populations at home and abroad. In exchange, ACOG Fellows are learning valuable lessons about basic issues in women’s health care that hold true across international boundaries.
As an organization, ACOG has the ability to convene individual ACOG Fellows and our affiliate organizations who want to do global work, and to collaborate with academic institutions in the United States with global health programs. Simply stated, our vision is to engage members and global partners to mobilize resources for support of best practices in women’s health care worldwide through education, information-sharing, training, quality improvement, advocacy, and delivery of care.
As the world has gotten smaller, our vision has grown larger. All of us can be proud of the participation by ACOG in global affairs.