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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2017 Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 20-22 March 2017. This conference had over 2,000 participants from around the world who came to improve health outcomes of women and infants. Of particular interest, was the increased awareness of global disparities and issues facing women and children in low- and middle-resourced settings.

The first day was a joint session with the International Society for Obstetric Medicine (ISOM). Laura Magee, Sandra Lowe, Paul Fogarty, and Andrew Shennan held a global health workshop to highlight the importance of having multidisciplinary collaborations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Some interesting sessions that stood out included the World Health Organization (WHO) updated guidelines on sexual and reproductive health, gender and domestic violence, and diagnosis of placenta accrete.

PRE-EMPT members Ugochi V. Ukah presented the temporal validation of the fullPIERS model, and Tatenda Makanga presented on why geography matters in maternal health. Dane De Silva presented his poster on the MAG-CP knowledge translation project. From the opening lecture, workshops, touching personal experiences, and the closing, the RCOG 2017 Congress iterated that we need to act continuously and persistently to improve the health of women and children worldwide. Next year’s Congress will be held in Singapore.