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ESOG Provides Training on Safe Abortion

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) provided comprehensive abortion care training for health providers from Robe Hospital and 10 health centers at Robe hospital. One participant from each health center and 6 participants from Robe hospital, a total of 18 participants attended the training, which was conducted from October 19-28, 2020. The training involved both theoretical sessions and practical attachments.

The training is also in line with the Federal Ministry of Health, which has taken bold measures to reduce maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion primarily through expanding and improving family planning services and providing women with accessible, quality, and safe abortion care based on the national technical and procedural guideline for safe abortion services.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of FP and CAC in the primary health care units to increase service uptake and support the Ministry of Health (MoH) on developing effective de-stigmatization strategies for safe abortion care among health care workers. Strengthening the capacity and quality improvement programs in FP, CAC, maternal and child health at primary hospitals and health centers, and reducing stigma and discrimination against abortion care providers are also the objectives of the project.

Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and partnering with MoH, regional health bureaus, woreda health offices, hospitals, and health centers, the project will run until July 2021.  

Clinical Mentorship for RMNCH Service Providers

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) provided comprehensive catchment-based clinical mentorship for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Children’s Health (RMNCH) service providers. The mentorship was undertaken on August 9-19, 2020. The mentorship was undertaken particularly on Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services for project health facilities.

Mentors stayed at the health center for two to three days. The team is comprised of 2 Emergency Surgical Officers (ESOs) and two senior midwives. The mentorship involves knowledge and skills assessment and evaluation, review of documents, ground inspections, discussions with facility managers and providers on service gaps, designing FP and CAC quality projects, performing daily activities with providers, case discussions, provision of onsite practical training, PowerPoint presentations, among others. 

The overall goal of the project entitled- Strengthening Capacity and Improving Quality of Reproductive Health (Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC)) and Reducing Stigma on Abortion Care Service Providers- is to improve the quality of FP and CAC in the primary health care units to increase service uptake and support the Ministry of Health (MoH) on developing effective de-stigmatization strategies for safe abortion care among health care workers. To achieve this end, the projects aim at institutionalizing FP and CAC and newborn health mentorship programs at primary hospitals and health centers through producing Emergency Surgical Officers (ESOs). Strengthening the quality improvement programs in FP, CAC, maternal and child health at primary hospitals and health centers, and reducing stigma and discrimination against abortion care providers are also the objectives of the project.

The project involves a total of 100 health centers and 12 hospitals in two zones, North Shewa and North Wollo of the Amhara Regional State, and in three zones: Arsi, West Shewa, and West Hararge of the Oromia Regional State. 

Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and partnering with MoH, regional health bureaus, woreda health offices, hospitals, and health centers, the project will run until July 31, 2021.  

ESOG Extends Abstract Submission Guideline

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) has extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts to November 15, 2020. The extension came considering the participation of more researchers at the upcoming annual conference ESOG2021. 

The 29th Annual Conference, which is planned to take place on February 14- 17, 2021, is themed- Mitigating the Impacts of Covid-19 on RMNCH Services. As the pandemic season deems it necessary, the conference is expected to draw less gathering, yet becoming more digitalized.

Other preparations that precede the event are well underway as the tradition dictates. Abstracts for the post-conference scientific session are being collected with the deadline set on October 31, 2020. Members and other researchers are called on to submit their abstracts via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..