Our organization is committed to improving the training of gynecologists and therefore the improvement of women's health in Europe and in the countries with which we engage in development cooperation.

In many countries of development cooperation, scarce resources threaten university education and therefore quality of gynecological training. As a consequence, the health of women and their children is threatened. From decades of cooperation with hospitals in Asia and Africa, we know that better knowledge among doctors, midwives and nurses translates into improved patient care and well-being.

Knowledge is power!

It is intolerable that knowledge remains reserved for only few privileged doctors, who in their home countries provide good medical care only to those patients who pay well, while the majority of the population never experiences this. Knowledge must therefore be shared and all gynecologists and midwives must be equally available to care for women and their children. Only this way can the health situation of women and children in developing countries be improved, and the development of undesirable two-class medical systems be avoided.

A quality education for gynecologists, general practitioners with obstetrical diplomas, and midwives is today seen as a critical pillar in the struggle to reduce maternal and infant mortality in developing countries. Beyond that, educational cooperation with the university women's hospitals provides an important contribution in helping these countries help themselves in the area of women's health.

In Europe, the rapid growth of the European Union with the admission of Eastern European countries and the guarantee of being able to practice one's profession in any of the EU-member countries has created special challenges. At the European level, the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG) is promoting standardized and high-quality education in all EU-member countries. The core of the European curriculum is solid theoretical and practical training. For this reason, the University of Freiburg Women's Hospital founded a pilot project, the permanent postgraduate center, which will guarantee standardized and high-quality training to European standards using it's teaching materials and skills lab designed specifically for the gynecological specialist-in-training.

Prof. H. Michael Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Project Director
Prof. Gerald Gitsch, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the University Women's Hospital Freiburg