Virtual training for data collectors has been underway beginning July 19, 2021, for two weeks to end on July 30, 2021. Attending the training were about 50 participants from 10 hospitals from four regions of the country.

The data collection will be conducted for a research project being implemented by the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) in collaboration with Lifebox. The data collection involves three phases: intraoperative, in-ward or in-patient, and post-operation follow-up data collection.

The data collection aims at identifying the causes of surgical site infection during and after surgery. The collected data then will be encoded into the latest open source software currently in use by the Ministry of Health. The findings of the research are then expected to be used as a baseline for an intervention to curb infection in these institutions.