AMWA NewsFlash
Jul. 18, 2013

29th International Congress of the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA)

The 29th International Congress of the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) will be held July 30-Aug. 3 in Seoul, Korea. Delegates from the US are getting prepared to leave and AMWA is thrilled to report that there will be 10 speakers from the U.S. at this year's Congress. For more information about the meeting please visit

If you are attending the meeting, please contact so that AMWA may coordinate with you regarding your status as a delegate.

There are two candidates from Germany running for the position of MWIA President. Voting will take place at the meeting. You may read more about the candidates here:

Dr. Astrid Buehren
Dr. Bettina PfleidererMore

South Florida AMWA transitions leadership at annual general meeting
On Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, South Florida AMWA held it’s annual general meeting. At the meeting, South Florida AMWA transitioned leadership and awarded student scholarships.More

Global Health Network

There are many challenges in a fast changing world, for example violence to women and children, poverty, gender related inequalities in medicine, high illiteracy rates, pandemic diseases and high infant and maternal mortality.

MWIA wants to play an active role in tackling these challenges by

To learn more about the Global Health Network, click here.

NOTE: Every AMWA member is automatically a member of MWIAMore

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Study finds sterilization more common among rural women
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