The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted its 26th Annual Conference at Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa on February 6-7, 2018. The event started with a series of preconference CMEs and Hands-on Training, which were conducted on February 4, 2018 at Black Lion Hospital, St. Paul’s Millennium Hospital Medical College and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI).
The conference was themed- Ensuring Access and Quality of Safe Surgery in Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice in Ethiopia. Opened by H.E. Dr. Kebede Worku, state minster of health, the conference brought together members, Ob-Gyn professionals from all over the world and local and international partners. The highlight of the event, among others, was the launching of an independent website for the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH), ESOG’s scientific publication. EJRH has been boosted through a collaborative project among ESOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT).
Speeches in particular from Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, and Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of Health Policy at ACOG, have highlighted the achievements that have been registered under the collaborative project the past one year: from the launching of a harmonized curriculum and minimum standards for launching residency programs to the publication of double volumes of EJRH; from the development of draft code of ethics to the development of communications strategy.
The event also saw an election of new executive board. Dr. Dereje Negussie was replaced by Dr. Delayehu Bekele as a president of ESOG. Dr. Mahlet Yigeremu, was elected vice president, Dr. Mekdes Daba, honorary secretary, while Dr. Shiferaw Negash, Dr. Malede Birara, Dr. Munir Kassa, and Dr. Fikremelekot Temesgen were elected as members of the Executive Board.