Maria Fernanda Escobar Vidarte is the representative for Latin American at the Figo Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health. She believes that the improvement in maternal health and reproductive and sexual rights  will help empower woman producing positive effect in national growth rate. Originally from Colombia, she trained as Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her Clinic Epidemiology Master at the University de la Frontera in Chile, as well a Fellowship in Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine in Cali, Colombia, and at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Currently, she is chief physician at the Obstetric ICU and Obstetric and Gynecology service in Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia. As a former professor in the of at the University ICESI in Cali, Colombia, she believes in the importance to educating health worker at all skill levels, no technical competences and humanization. 

With extensive experience in management of critical care obstetrics patients, Maria Fernanda has been worked in international programs focussed in strategics to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths, specially on low and middles income countries.