The Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD) warmly welcomes the Seminar of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health to St Petersburg, Russia in 2017. St Petersburg is the second largest city, situated in the North-West of Russia. It has more to offer than just the Hermitage Museum and the Mariinsky Ballet. It is one of the biggest cultural centres in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history, centuries-old traditions and a promising future.
RAPD, which applied to organise the seminar, is the largest NGO in the field of reproductive health and rights in Russia, striving for building the capacity and sensitisation of health care professionals, public health officials and general population in the field of modern contraception and family planning. it is rare that international scientific events are focused on contraception and reproductive choice exclusively. Reproductive healthcare professionals from Russia and Russian-speaking countries are very honoured to host the event for the first time in the territory of the Russian Federation. The North-West region of Russia is characterised by highly dense population, good awareness of health issues, developed infrastructure and high concentration of medical and scientific entities. The second biggest Scientific Research Center in Russia (named after obstetrician-gynaecologist Dmitry Ott), five medical schools, many medical colleges and vocational schools are situated in St Petersburg.
RAPD and the Scientific Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology, as leading organisers of the event, are convinced of the success of the event and will try to embrace participants with traditional Russian hospitality, introducing them to scientific and practical achievements in the field of reproductive health care in Russia and acquainting them with a beautiful city of canals, architecture, world heritage, monuments, museums as well as great and exciting history.
Lyubov Erofeeva, ESC Board member Russia