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Reflections of 2014 ….How did we do ??

I am really privileged to be President of our esteemed Federation, FOGSI of which I have been a member since 1984. Believe me, I cherish every moment of the 30 years of this learning process as FOGSI has given me a platform for interaction with colleagues from all over India at an academic and personal level.  FOGSI is one of the largest organizations of specialized professionals with over 29,310 members spread in 229 societies. FOGSI is a classical confluence of unity in diversity like the Indian nation.

With my team comprising of Dr. Indrani Ganguli, Dr. Gokulchandra Das, Dr, Ritu Joshi, Dr. Sheela Mane, Dr. Roza Olyai and a very hardworking secretary Dr. Gorakh  Mandrupkar  and of course our office team of Dr. Nozer Sheriar, Dr. H. D. Pai, Dr. Tank and Dr. Madhuri Patel we set sail and steadily traversed  our vast country.

It has been a wonderful lifetime experience and now we will reach our destination soon, I would like to share the highlights of our year.

My theme :  Empower women … Empower India …. Pledge  for  excellence!!  Though women have progressed in a number of spheres yet much more needs to be done.  FOGSIANS should work along  with health care policy makers  to  address  women’s health needs  in  a holistic way starting from conception to senescence  as  Women’s health  is wealth of the Nation.  

Maternal mortality is one of the basic health indicators of a society. Our vision 2020 is to have maternal mortality rate comparable to that of the developed countries. We can do this if every FOGSIAN pledges for excellence, works in close liaison with the existing National Health programs in collaboration with FOGSI.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ….. Ronald Reagan

We have now joined hands with the Government of India and have made a Comprehensive strategy for Prevention and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage which will be implemented at all tiers of healthcare. Our team of experts supported by JSI, our with tremendous success of our Focussed workshops for training & capacity building of maternity care providers for Management  of  PPH   by Dr. Sheela Mane was very successful  and  Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy  which will  help in  reduction of Maternal Mortality &  Improve  Perinatal outcome ….

Workshops for achieving excellence in practice have always been very popular. With the help of our team,  we  had designed  18 workshops  on various important clinical  topics, to ensure that  everyone  gets  empowered  with  the latest   knowledge and enhances  their skills. These include PCOS, Infertility and Ovulation Induction, Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Caesarean skills, Management of Fetal growth restriction, Preterm Labour, Neonatal resuscitation, Postpartum care and Contraception. New focused workshops are on PCPNDT issues, Safety First and Sexual health issues. These were done with our FOGSI committees; l and my Vice Presidents have supervised the smooth working of committees they were looking after.

The FOGSI FORCE  program for  postgraduate  doctors  has been done at 10 places and  continues and  also helps them to have an exam  oriented  training.

Speciality Courses : FOGSI - GESTOSIS  Certificate course in Standardized  Management of  Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy  has got  launched. It is a comprehensive workshop which has been designed with inputs from Dr. Sanjay Gupte, Dr. Hema Divakar, Dr. Girija Wagh, Dr. Gorakh Mandrupkar and 40 experts. This which will facilitate a systematic management of  hypertension  and  prevent  eclampsia  and  help  reduce  morbidity  and mortality.  We have completed 20 workshops and have trained 5000 doctors so far. This is a three year project   which will continue to train other   FOGSIANS. This workshop has been appreciated by Prof. Arulkumaran.

Youth Melas for empowering the youth .... the future  of tomorrow ! I had conceptualized the YOUTH MELAS   for boys and girls (16-24 years) which is an awareness program addressing : 

  • Communication skills
  • Know Your Body,  Healthy Diet and Staying fit 
  • Prevention of  unwanted pregnancy, HIV, STI  and  Cancer Cervix
  • Prevention from physical and sexual abuse
  • Self Defense and First Aid

Youth Mela is in the CD format which is used for conducting this interactive program which has been immensely appreciated by students. We have done 125 Youth Melas all over  India  so far and reached out to 30,000 young people. Nashik society had carried out a spectacular YOUTH MELA with a innovative format with the help of peer group leaders trained by Dr.  Kanekar and Dr. Vijaya Ganorkar. Faridibad,  Jabalpur, Trichy & Patna  had a fantastic YOUTH Rally  I wish to thank Dr. Priti  Vyas, Dr. Jayam Kannan, Dr. Sampath Kumari, Dr. Reena Wani, Dr. Priyanka and Dr. Pisat  and all the doctors who have conducted  these.

Awareness programs for Prevention of Cervical Cancer at 8 Medical colleges Dr. Ganguli and Dr. G. C. Das carried out several programs on Preventive Oncology.

Concept of Felicitation of women achievers from different spheres was carried out twice in Mumbai, Cuttack and Indore to promote them as role models for society.

FOGSI Antiobesity Drive as Obesity is now a national threat. With  every  Kilo  weight  loss  recorded  by   a Gynecologist  during treatment  of  their obese clients, one  healthy  meal  will  be  given  to  a  malnourished  child.

FOGSI ICOG Good Clinical Practice Guidelines :  We have had  intensive special interest  group meetings with experts and  have formed a  evidence based  good clinical practice guideline  on Caesarean section, Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy Preventing PPH, Fetal growth restriction and Vaccinations in women, Dengue.  These are on the website and will be very beneficial for our colleagues. A printed booklet will be available soon.

Conferences in 2014 :  Our National focused conferences  were on  important subjects Medicolegal  Updates  (West  Bengal Society of OBGYN) in May, Harmony with Hormones  (Mumbai Society) in June, Pelvic Floor. Unfolding the facts (Pune Society) in June 2014, Journey to Safer Pregnancy (Jaipur society) in July and Modern Technology Saves Lives at Trichy in October.  We had a special program on  www.Empower.com for (Womanhood Wisdom and Wellness) in October at Mumbai with a precongress workshop on Management of sexual abuse. The Silver Jubilee conference of North east conducted under the aegis of FOGSI. I must applaud the efforts of all the teams who have spared their valuable time and organized such wonderful and conferences.

Our Yuva FOGSI (zonal conferences at Faridabad, Mysore, Bhubaneshwar and Nashik have given a platform to our Young FOGSIANS to showcase their scientific activities. We had organized a PPH and HDP workshop in every conference as our young doctors need to be trained in these subjects.

International  conferences  2014 : A grand  congress  in collaboration with  RCOG World Congress 2014  at  Hyderabad, March, FIGO - SAFOG - SLCOG conference  with  participation from FOGSI  at  Srilanka  in October.

We also had a FOGSI   INDO - NEPAL summit in November as a part of NESOG silver Jubilee celebrations. We conducted two workshops safety First and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy along with important subjects like Addressing Challenges of Anemia, Preterm Labour and Gestational Diabetes mellitus.

FOGSI ICOG has achieved International collaboration of the FOGSI - MICOG exam with the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists  for  Part 1 exam from March 2014 and  Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)  for part 2 MICOG - MRCPI exam, 2014.

Initiation of a master class IGNITE & FOGSI - ICOG Travelling seminars in 5 cities with the European school of Perinatology in Oct. 2014. Excellent efforts by Dr. Atul  Munshi, Dr. Jaideep Malhotra and Dr. Mala Arora

A landmark achievement for this year is procuring a grand new place which will be FOGSI’s address in the future. It  will have  a   computer updated, web enabled   state of art  office with a  reception, a plush auditorium   for our  meetings  and  ICOG  courses  and  a  visitors  area.

FOGSI been invited for every meeting of  Ministry of Health & Family Welfare  and either myself, Dr. Nozer Sheriar, Dr. Jaydeep Tank, Dr. H. D. Pai  or committee chairs like Dr. Basab Mukherjee have also represented FOGSI and there have been very useful interactions.

The MTP Act has come up for amendment years of hard work put in by the MTP committee of FOGSI has come to fruition. The conflicting issues have been resolved and now submitted to the Ministry.

On the personal front this has been an extremely satisfying year full of challenges, appreciation and plenty of travelling. Humility and respect of people has touched me and all I can say you have to be in my chair to experience that divine feeling.… I was awarded 11 orations this year and have visited many societies as a special Invitee. A very emotional moment for me is the honour of being the Chief Guest for the Annual conference of Mumbai society and the cherry on the cake will be the special award MOGS Dr. Saroj Desai excellence award which will be given by Mumbai, my parent society by Dr, Ameet Patki President MOGS.

With blessings from the Almighty, support from my family and the entire TEAM 2014, I stand before you as President to take our vision forward and ask each of you to Pledge for excellence  and help me in  my  endeavour to  Empower  the women …thus empowering India. This Annual report is a true reflection of the hard work put in by the office bearers, chairpersons and members.

Together, we can achieve the goals set forth & also push beyond to frontiers that may test us, but in the process, I believe make us stronger and closer to serve the women and make a difference.

‘Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of individuals working together in tandem!’

Dr.Suchitra N.Pandit

President FOGSI

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