The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted training on Research Ethics. The training was held at Intercontinental Addis Hotel fromAugust 22-24, 2019. Participants were faculty members from Black Lion Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Yekatit 12 Medical College, members of ESOG working in the private institutions and public health professionals from other institutions.  

The training was planned as a preparation to set up ESOG’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Selected from the trainees and approved by the Executive Board, some of the participants will be part of the to-be set up IRB.

Once established the IRB is expected to ease the burden of researchers on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by reviewing research methodologies and issuing ethical approvals. Currently ESOG members and other researchers on SRH go to a whole lot of various institutions to get such an approval.

The trainers were Dr. Getnet Yimer and Yohannes Sitotaw from the National Ethics Review Committee and Dr. Solomon Kumbi, a senior member of ESOG and an expert on medical ethics and one of the professionals who prepared the current national research ethics guideline.