The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted a field visit to Mekelle on January 16 & 17, 2024. The mission of the visit was to participate in the Safe Motherhood Month celebration organized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and deliver essential medical supplies to the Tigray Reginal Health Bureau, with the ultimate goal of rejuvenating and fortifying the region's health system.

Despite unforeseen challenges, ESOG successfully delivered a feto-maternal monitor, an examination bed, and other necessary supplies to the Tigray Regional Health Bureau. This gesture is part of a broader initiative aimed at rebuilding the health infrastructure in Tigray.

During the visit, productive discussions took place with Dr. Amanuel Haile, the head of Tigray's Regional Health Bureau, and a senior Ob-Gyn resident. The dialogue underscored the urgent need for sustained support to restore the health system to its full capacity Both the resident and the health bureau chief emphasized the challenges faced by various health facilities in Tigray, such as non-functional ultrasound equipment in the maternal emergency room, the absence of an oncology subspecialty, and shortages in long-acting family planning supplies, among many others.

Further discussions with ESOG members highlighted several key points, including the potential for featuring research studies from residents in the upcoming annual conference, organizing training sessions on manuscript development and grant writing, and addressing the absence of oncology subspecialists through collaborative initiatives with esteemed institutions, among other areas.