The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) conducted training at Adama General Hospital from November 15-24, 2021. The training was given on Long-Acting Family Planning (LAFP) focusing on Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (IUCDs) and implants. Attending the training were 50 health care providers from Oromia and Somali regions.
LAFP methods, specifically IUCDs and implants provide uninterrupted protection to women from 3 to 12 years. A good opportunity to provide IUCD is during the post-partum and post-abortion periods. But they must be inserted by trained providers in a safe clinical environment. With limited facilities and few providers, widespread implementation of LAFP in Ethiopia requires training of significant numbers of rural providers and developing properly equipped facilities for implant and IUCD insertions.
There is a plan to cascade the training to other areas.