In this presentation, Prof. Regan elaborates on the right to health. The right based approach to health has been slow to develop and this gathered momentum post the year 2000. The millennium development goals aimed to deduce maternal mortality rate by 75% between 2000 and 2015 but we have failed as only 45% reduction in MMR has been achieved. The sustainable development goals ensure gender equality and to empower all women and girls. Discrimination against women persists even today. Prof Regan discusses in detail maternal health, maternal mortality and causes of maternal death in the 21st century. He discusses the Marmot review on fair society and healthy lives and the life course approach. Education is central to women’s empowerment. Dr. Regan also elaborates on gender based violence. The focus has to be on investing in the health of young people. Family planning is every woman’s right. Leading safe choices is a donor funded initiative of RCOG which promotes best practices in post-partum contraception and comprehensive abortion care.
Professor Lesley Regan is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. She is also co-director of the UK’s Baby Bio Bank (BBB); a pregnancy tissue archive which will underpin future translational research into the major complications of pregnancy.
Professor Regan was Vice President for Strategic Development at the RCOG from January 2014 to September 2016. In this role, she expanded the external affairs remit of the College and hosted two International Women’s Day events (on domestic violence and maternal mental health respectively). She also secured new funding streams to undertake transformational projects including the Leading Safe Choices programme which is helping to raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania.
In addition, Professor Regan has published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public, and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries. Her main clinical and research interests are in recurrent miscarriage and the development of non-invasive fertility sparing therapies for uterine fibroids.
She was elected the President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2016, the second woman and the first in 64 years to hold this position.