Records of the RCOG International Executive Board

Scope and Content

Records of the RCOG International Executive Board, including agenda, minutes and papers for the Board (2005-2011), and also of the International Advisory Group (2006) and the Partnership Management Group (2009).

Administrative / Biographical History

The development of international activities was a priority within the College's three-year strategy, 2004-2007. Initial focus was on collaborative work with other agencies to assist in reducing maternal mortality in developing countries and to raise the standard of reproductive healthcare worldwide. The first stage was to establish an International Executive Board under the Chairmanship of the Senior Vice President who had responsibility for international affairs. The Board met quarterly and reported to Council. It included representatives of other organisations including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, FIGO, and the World Health Organisation. It had the following remit:

To co-ordinate and promote an RCOG strategy on the improvement of reproductive healthcare worldwide to reduce maternal mortality.

To establish and monitor progress of the RCOG Foundation.

To consider income generation initiatives to ensure that there were sufficient funds available to sustain this area of work.

To work in partnership with other UK and International Agencies to strengthen links, to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach and to encourage dialogue.

To co-ordinate the development of clinical standards and educational tools for under-resourced countries.

To develop a framework for improvements in reproductive health in developing countries.

To lobby governments, including the health ministers of commonwealth countries to influence and educate on the problems and solutions to maternal mortality.

To assist in the exchange of skilled personnel and training programmes.

To collaborate with RCOG international representative committees and to encourage dialogue at a national level in all countries.

An International Advisory Group was also established in 2006 to support and advise the Board.

A Partnership Management Group was established in 2009 as the main decision making body for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the RCOG International Partnership, with responsibility to develop and agree a strategy for the International Partnership, to provide direction and management of project activities, to provide advice to the RCOG International Board on relevant international matters, and to receive recommendations from the International Board. Meetings were to be held on a monthly basis, consisting of technical and administrative representatives from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and from the RCOG, the latter being the Senior Vice President and the Director of International and Corporate Affairs.

Arrangement

Chronological

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required from RCOG senior management via the College Archivist for access to College records less than twenty years old.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Transferred to the Archive by the RCOG International Office.

Related Material

Related material held at the RCOG may be found at the following references:

RCOG/B9 Records of RCOG Overseas Committees and Councils

RCOG/A5 Records of the RCOG Senior Vice President and Overseas Officer, and of the International Office