The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), in collaboration with St. Paul's Institute for Reproductive Health and Rights and Addis Ababa Health Bureau are undertaking a Basic Obstetrics Ultrasound Training program for Ethiopian obstetric care providers. The training, which started on May 6, 2024, aimed to equip healthcare professionals with essential skills in obstetric ultrasound to enhance antenatal care quality and improve maternal health outcomes in selected health centers in Addis Ababa.

US_Training.jpgA total of 12 health care professionals have attended the first round and 12 other professionals are attending the second round of training. The national guidelines recommend 12 participants with 3 trainers on each session of training.

Like the first round of training, this latest round training was given to 12 participants.

Designed to meet the growing demand for skilled ultrasound practitioners, the training encompassed a comprehensive curriculum delivered over ten days. Sessions covered crucial topics such as ultrasound physics, fetal dating, amniotic fluid assessment, placental evaluation, and screening for fetal anomalies. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions, participants gained proficiency in conducting basic obstetric ultrasound examinations.

Led by expert trainers in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, the training program emphasized the importance of ultrasound technology in prenatal care. Participants acquired the necessary expertise to perform ultrasound scans, interpret findings accurately, and provide timely diagnoses to expectant mothers.

The initiative aligns with the Ethiopian government's commitment to enhancing the healthcare system and reducing maternal mortality rates. By adopting World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, including routine ultrasound screening before 24 weeks' gestation, Ethiopia aims to improve antenatal care quality and pregnancy outcomes.

ESOG remains dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in delivering high-quality antenatal care services. As part of its ongoing efforts, ESOG collaborates with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus to ensure the widespread availability of basic obstetric ultrasound services across healthcare facilities, including those in rural areas.

Following a completion of the training sessions in Addis Ababa, the same training will be conducted in selected regional towns.