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Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects millions of women worldwide and quite a few in the Middle East too. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women is affected by endometriosis during reproductive years and approximately 30–50% of women with endometriosis will experience infertility. It is a condition in which tissue that normally grows inside the endometrial cavity grows outside it and can lead to severe pain during menstrual periods and chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis, often disabling. But that’s not all. It leads to infertility in a majority of cases. While a large part of the affected women are living with this medical condition – they only wake up to it when facing challenges in conception. It is then, that couples turn to IVF or reproductive medicine for treatment.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), organized an event in celebration of World Tuberculosis Day, under the slogan ‘We need leaders to create a world free from Tuberculosis.’ The event was held to create awareness about the seriousness of Tuberculosis, to identify its symptoms and ways of transmission. It aimed to highlight the ministry's efforts in implementing the National Tuberculosis Control Program by providing free health care to all TB patients, right from diagnosing the disease, through treatment and follow-up, to full recovery. Awareness and education efforts are part of the ministry’s ongoing, integrated year-long plan.

With focus on the ethics and practices concerning women’s physical, mental and reproductive health; the upcoming FIGO Regional Conference of Middle East & Africa will raise many poignant issues. Having member societies in 130 countries, FIGO is the only non-profit organization in the world that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis and is dedicated to the improvement of women’s health and rights while reducing the disparities in healthcare available to women and newborns.

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