Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my honour to invite you to the beautiful city of the Lahore, on the occasion of the 11th SAFOG conference, from 17th to 19th March, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Improving Women’s Health – Old Problems, New Remedies.” The conference is expected to be participated over 2000 delegates from within Pakistan and many from the South Asian region, along with international speakers from beyond South Asia. The scientific committee has already started its endeavours to produce rich scientific content, highlighting the issues in women’s health in the region. ... Read more


History of SAFOG


South Asia is home to one sixth of the world's population, making it both the most populace and the most densely populated geographical region in the world. The region faces public health challenges on a demographic and geographic scale unmatched in the world. South Asia’s low life expectancy, high rates of malnutrition, maternal mortality,infant mortality, and incidence of tuberculosis are second only to those of subSaharan Africa. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh are burdened by .... Read more


Welcome Message


Founder President SAFOG


Dear Colleagues,
It gives me immense pleasure writing this message for the forthcoming SAFOG meeting at Lahore in March, 2017. I still remember year 1996 when first ever meeting of SAFOG was held at Lahore and the movement of SAFOG started. Since then SAFOG movement has picked up momentum and brought all the Gynaecologists of SAARC countries to closer relationship which helps exchange of knowledge and training. We have to find solutions to the previously medical problems of this sub-continent.

                        I am sure organizing an international congress under the present political situation is not an easy task. I must complement the organizing committee, particularly Prof. Rubina Sohail for undertaking this venture. I hope that the future conferences in our sisterly countries will continue on time and will be scientifically, socially and professionally very fruitful for the community and the population at large. I am sure the scientific content with promote knowledge in our community. All the international speakers would contribute tremendously.

I wish them a happy stay at Lahore.

With Kind regards,
Prof Rashid Latif Khan


Welcome Message



President SOGP

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Pakistan (SOGP), it is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you all to the 11th SAFOG conference, from 17 to 19 March 2017, in the historical city of Lahore, Pakistan. SOGP is proud to be a co-host for this very important event.
SOGP is the key professional organization in the field of OB/GYN, which is working towards the goal of improving women’s health and lives in Pakistan. We at SOGP strongly believe that this goal cannot be fully achieved without the support and cooperation of our regional organizations which includes SAFOG as a very important collaborating partner.
The SAFOG congress, has a strong tradition of providing a comprehensive scientific programme, which includes recent scientific technological advances in OB/GYN as well as updates in clinical management of day to day problems. Moreover, it gives us an excellent opportunity of learning from each other and collaborating with our South Asian neighbors, Asia & Oceania region and international community. We hope to continue this tradition in the SAFOG 2017.
The theme of our Congress is ‘Improving women’s health. Old problems, New remedies’. With this theme in mind we hope to cover all important aspects of women’s health including gynecological endoscopic surgery, reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, assisted reproduction and maternal and fetal medicine.
Along with an amazing scientific program, SAFOG also offers delicious Lahori cuisine, exciting tours to visit cultural and heritage sites of Lahore, and of course a wonderful opportunity to renew and build upon old friendships.
We look forward to welcoming you for SAFOG’ 2017 and hope you will have a wonderful time in Lahore.

With Kind regards,
Prof Al Fareed Zafar

Welcome Message


President OGSB


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) it gives me great pleasure to convey my greetings and best wishes for the 11th SAFOG Conference.

The organizing committee of this conference has put together a comprehensive program comprising of a wide range of topics.  This will promote the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience: and will facilitate continuing professional development among Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the region. This will also be an opportunity to bring together the Obstetricians and Gynaecologist within the region for closer co-operation and social understanding.  This will facilitate to fulfill the objectives of SAFOG.

The important topics to be discussed in the conference will certainly benefit all the delegates in their day to day practice.

I wish the Conference a great success.   

Prof. Laila Arjumand Banu


Welcome Message


President FOGSI


Dear Colleagues,

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
                                                                                              —    Joshua J. Marine
It gives me great pleasure to know that the 11th SAFOG conference is being held from 17th to 19thMarch, 2017 at Lahore. The theme of the conference “Improving Women’s Health – Old Problems, New Remedies.” is very relevant today and always. As science progresses, newer and better solutions are available and as the doctors caring for women, it is our duty to keep updated with all the new information so as to serve our patients better.
I am sure that the team has been working hard for a long time to make the entire event seamless and I am sure it will be a memorable one. The conference topics are also very practical and current. It promises to be a fantastic large academic and social activity. This conference brings together the best minds and hands in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and will be a powerhouse of knowledge and wisdom.
I am sure the delegates will enjoy being in the historical city of Lahore and avail the warm hospitality of the wonderful people of Pakistan.
I wish Prof. Rubina Sohail, Prof. Rashid Latif Khan, Prof. Yousaf Latif Khan and their team all the best and I am sure the conference will be a grand success and all the Gynaecologists will go home satisfied with the academic information and the social interactions.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
Helen Keller
Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai
President - FOGSI 2017- Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India
Vice President – Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction
Vice President – Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists

Vice President – Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists

Welcome Message


President SAFOG


Dear All
Once again the time has come for rejuvenating friendship and respect for all OB/GYN professionals in the SAFOG Conference to be held in Lahore, Pakistan and it gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all in our proud community of South Asian doctors.
First of all SAFOG would like to congratulate Maldives on the formation of the newly established Maldivian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ‘MASOG’ which was formed in the wake of the SAFOG Activity in November 2014 under the impressive leadership of Dr. Aseel Jaleel. The concrete steps taken to conceive the new organisation has added another member and essential contributor to SAFOG.
Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality among SAARC countries. Prof Lubna Hassan (Chair SAFOG MNH COMMITTEE) took the resourceful and thoughtful initiative to organize successful interactive CME activities “Women’s Health in Pakistan and Afghanistan” in their native Pushto language in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 13-14th November 2016. The event saw the participation of 15 Afghan women doctors working in Kabul, in Herat in western Afghanistan and Mazar-i-Sharif in the north during which she had a lengthy discussion on the state of women’s health in the country with Dr. Gulnama Sahak (Deputy of Afghanistan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology AFSOG), following which Dr. Shafiqa Breshna Babak (President AFSOG) sent us an official letter requesting membership in SAFOG which was agreed upon at SAFOG Council Meeting held in Bangladesh on 17th Dec 2016. Further, Prof. Lubna Hassan has expressed her desire to remain personally committed in assisting AFSOG to increase cooperation in future SAFOG activities.
SAFOG is uniquely indebted to Prof. Lubna Hassan for her great effort in bringing OBGYN specialists from Afghanistan to Pakistan for training workshops and CME thereby initiating SAFOG hopes for greater cooperation with Afghan doctors. It is highly esteemed in the sense that it was pioneering work on Prof Hussan’s behalf and for the first time Afghan professionals were also part of our small but influential intellectual community of SAFOG.
On this juncture, I hope this innovation will expedite the formation of a Bhutanese OBGYN society under the steadfast leadership of Dr Phurb Dorje who organized a remarkable CME in Thimphu held for the first time in Bhutan in 12-15 March 2016. It was a ground-breaking achievement for OBGYN community in Bhutan and another feather in the cap of SAFOG.
I am a firm believer in the maxim action speaks louder than words. I hope the spark ignited by science and medicine in South Asia will continue to promote and draw awareness to women’s health and the health of the newborn. I hope it further encourages newer generations of OBGYN practitioners to bring the issues in women’s health into greater focus as healthy women are empowered women and it will undoubtedly lead to the prosperity of our society and region.
Thank you with best wishes

Ashma Rana

Welcome Message


Past President
RCOG, BMA and FIGO                            

Dear Professors Asma Rana, President SAFOG, Rubina Sohail, chair of the organising committee and President Elect and dear Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure and privilege to give a message for the forthcoming SAFOG conference that is jointly organised with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan.
SAFOG countries have made tremendous progress in reducing maternal and perinatal mortality but need to do more and this conference should help towards this goal. The SAFOG National societies has the capacity and the willingness to improve women’s health. Improved socio economic status that brings about better nutrition, sanitation and clean water supply has played an important role. Availability of skilled birth attendants, institutional deliveries and modern communication and transport has helped to save many lives. Further reduction can be achieved by better management of obstetric emergencies, provision of safe abortion care and greater availability of contraception.

The goal of ‘Meeting the challenges in Women’s Health – Old problems and New Remedies’ would include strategies for screening and managing high risk pregnancy, medical disorders of pregnancy and obstetric emergencies. The conference would also cover topics of great relevance to SAFOG countries such as nutrition, vaccination, contraception, safe abortion, adolescent health, subfertility and gynaecological cancers.

I have no doubts that Professor Rubina Sohail and her team would produce an excellent scientific and social program - It is an opportunity not to be missed and I hope to see you in Lahore.
Very best wishes for a successful conference.
With kindest regards,

Signature - Arulkumaran

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Past President – RCOG, BMA and FIGO                             24’th December 2016

Welcome Message


President FIGO


Dear Colleagues,
As President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics – FIGO, it gives me great pleasure to write this message for the SAFOG conference which will be held in Lahore in March and which is jointly organised with our own long standing and very valuable member society, The Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Pakistan. 
SAFOG represents a very densely populated region of the world which faces unmatched challenges in public health both demographicallhy and geographically.  Its close collaborationwith national obstetric and gynaecolgical societies in the region as well as international organisations such as FIGO ensures that it is a immensely valuable organisation in the field of women’s health
The theme of the conference, “Meeting the Challenges in Women’s Health – Old Problems & New Remedies” resonates deeply with FIGO. There are many women’s health issues demanding our attention - as well as taking forward maternal mortality initiatives, our active engagement is required in the ongoing prevention and early detection of cervical cancer, breast disease, maternal nutrition, diabetes and family planning, to name just a few areas.  For example, one of FIGO’s major initiatives, its project for ‘Institutionalising Post-Partum IUD Services’, which was first piloted in Sri Lanka, is now being reproduced in other countries, and aims to address the post-partum contraceptive needs of women by institutionalising the practice of offering immediate post-partum Intra-Uterine Device services (IUD) in hospital.
I congratulate the organisers of this superb event for the forward planning and attention to detail that will enable obstetricians and gynaecologists to move towards the attainment of the highest possible standards of women’s health and wellbeing with confidence and energy.
Please avail yourselves of everything this remarkable gathering has to offer, not least the excellent Pre-Congress Workshops and the varied and plentiful scientific sessions. Robust debate is assured, and there will be rich opportunities to reaffirm old associations and create new professional relationships. 
My very best wishes
Professor C N Purandare

Welcome Message


Former President of FIGO


A message to dear colleagues in the Conference of South Asian Federation of Ob&Gyn (SAFOG)
Lahore, March, 2017

Former President of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Many of my generation, women and men, who have been campaigning for decades for the noble cause of women’s right to health, have either left the stage of this present world or are getting ready for their exit. A lot of progress has been made but we are leaving an unfinished agenda. We hand over the torchto a trusted younger generation and with it a longpending to-do list to shape a world that women deserve for their health.
Women of the world have legitimate and just expectations from our noble profession. The expectations are high from professionals in South Asia. Women in South Asia have long attained the highest level of country leadership, a goal which is still a pie in the sky for women in most countries. Even a great country failed the test last year. As to our profession, the region can pride itself for one of the highest levels of participation and representation of women at all levels.
Delivering babies and cure of pelvic organ disease are not all what women expect from a women’s health profession. A woman is not a womb; a woman has a womb.Reproduction isa function of women, notthe function of women.
We, obstetrician/ gynaecologists are fully aware that women's health is not simply determined by their biological destiny but also, and even more, by how societies view, value and treat them.Their GOD- given biological advantage ofbeing a female can be more than counterbalanced by the social disadvantage of being afemale.Societal action has long being overdue, tocorrect injustices to women.
In a long professional career I have witnessed spectacular scientific advances in the field of women’s health. But if asked to single out one prescription which I think women need most for their health, my answer is “power”. Powerlessness of women, in my professional experience, is a serious health hazard.
It is mind boggling to think of the numbers of young noble women who gave up their lives in the battleof human survival on this planet throughout history. They are  probably more than the numbersof men who gave up their lives in battles of mutual human destruction.They continue to die every day singly desperately and lonely and not in battalions at episodes of war. Mothers sacrificed their lives when we had no means to save their lives. But after we had the knowledge and means to make motherhood safer for women, mothers inmany parts of the world were, and still are, left to die. A callous cruel world turns a deaf ear totheir screams.The inconvenient truth, and let us face it, is that mothers are not dying because ofconditions we cannot prevent, or treat. To put it bluntly, they are dying because societieshave yet to make the decision that their lives are worth the cost of saving.
Pregnancy is not a disease. Pregnancy is a privileged bio-social function entrusted towomen, to ensure survival of our human species. If women, all women, stop gettingpregnant, and they now can, thanks to contraceptive technology, our human species willbe extinct. Maternal mortality should not be lumped with and ranked, for priority in allocation of resources, against otherdisease problems. Society has more of an obligation for preventing maternal deaths thanfor preventing deaths from other disease conditions, often resulting from our ownunhealthy lifestyle behaviour.Women have a human right to go safely through the risky journey of pregnancy and childbirth, a right that should be respected, protected and implemented.
From the perspective of the health profession, unsafe abortion is a tragedy of denial.Some people seem to think that if you move yourself away from a problem you dislike, shut your earsto the sounds of pain, and close your eyes to the sights of sufferings, the problem will nolonger exist. The tragedy is that the problem will not go away. It will be glaring in your eyes, even more, when you open them.
When I hear the nice expression: “fertility by choice”, I say: “yes, but whose choice”.Pregnancy should be a dignified informed responsible choice by the woman who isempowered to make the decision and has the means to implement it.It is a reproductive wrong when fertility control bywomen is changed into fertilitycontrol of women.When societies allow women only one choice in life, childbearing and childrearing, andmake children the only goods they can produce and they are expected to deliver, fertilityby choice, as a reproductive right, does not mean much.I had the privilege to serve the health needs of women in a region of our country where people are poor and women are the poorest of the poor. I know that when women are empowered to make choices, even the poor and illiterate women,whom I know best, will make the right choices for themselves, for their families, for theircommunities, for their countries and for the world at large.
Women have abandoned the language of silence and are making their voices loudly heard. They have gained a lot of ground, but in several parts of the world, women still have some steep mountains to climb. Womenare not for turning, and they expect us to be standing beside them and behind them.  Our noble profession should not and will not fail them

Lectures, speeches and statements of Professor Mahmoud F. Fathalla are posted on FIGO website at the following link:

SAFOG Ambassadors

Dr. Rashid Latif Khan

Lahore, Pakistan 1996 - 1998

Dr. T.A. Chowdhury

Dhaka, Bangladesh 1998 - 2000

Dr. Lakshman Fernando

Colombo, Sri Lanka 2000 -2003

Dr. D.K. Tank

Mumbai, India 2003 - 2005

Dr. Sudha Sharma

Kathmandu, Nepal 2005 - 2007

Dr. Farrukh Zaman

Lahore, Pakistan 2007 - 2009

Dr. A.B. Bhuiyan

Dhaka, Bangladesh 2009 - 2011

Dr. Harshalal Seneviratne

Colombo, Sri Lanka 2011 - 2013

Dr. Alokendu Chatterjee

Agra, India 2013 - 2015

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Past President of FIGO

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Motivational Session for trainees & young consultants
 "Events that changed my practice"

This is a special session - In which senior Gynecologists of the South Asian region will share their struggles, stories, lessons learnt and how they converted their failures into success stories How did they take the baby steps to success?

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