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.