We at the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) would like to congratulate Dr. Tedros Adhanom in his latest success becoming the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Winning more votes than the two other candidates combined, Dr. Tedros will begin his five years term as Director General beginning July 1, 2017.
Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012. He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom led a comprehensive reform effort of the country's health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3500 health centers and 16 000 health posts; expanded the health workforce by 38 000 health extension workers; and initiated financing mechanisms to expand health insurance coverage. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he led the effort to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
As Chair of the Global Fund and of RBM, Dr Tedros Adhanom secured record funding for the two organizations and created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM’s reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America.
Dr Tedros Adhanom will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.
We at ESOG believe that the decision of members states to elect Dr. Tedros Adhanom as the next Director General of WHO is not only the right one, but also the timely one.
We congratulate Dr. Tedros again and wish him all the success in his future endeavor.
Draft plans for year II of the Collaborative Project of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) were tabled during a meeting among leaders of the thematic areas and project coordinators hosted at ESOG’s Project Office on April 13, 2017. The meeting also saw an addition of a new thematic area focusing on medical ethics.
Now properly deliberated and commented upon by the Ethiopian team, the draft plans are to be taken to the US for further deliberation with the ACOG team, which is expected to happen early in May. Once approved and agreed upon by both sides, the project continues into its second year, which will start in September.
The ESOG-ACOG collaborative project was launched in June, 2016 with the objective of addressing four thematic areas: Resident Ship, Continuing Medical Education (CME), Journal Development, Certification and Accreditation, E-learning, Resource Center, PR & Communication and Leadership Development. The thematic areas t be addressed added yet another area, Medical Ethics.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) in collaboration with NOVA IVI Fertility conducted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) at Hilton Addis Hotel on February 12, 2017. 79 members have attended the credited CME.
The CME covered topics ranging from Basic Work-up and Evaluation of an Infertile Couple; IUI: Optimizing Results; Ovarian Stimulation Protocols; Basic ART Procedures along with discussions.
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