Treatment, Rehabilitation of GBV Survivors


The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) has conducted health response training to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Mekelle, Tigray Regional State from May 17-20, 2021. The training, which was provided under a new project launched in collaboration with the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT), was attended by 31 health care professionals: gynecologists, general practitioners, nurses, and social workers from Axum, Shire, Adigrat, Maychew, Mekelle General Hospital, and Ayder Hospital.

The project aims at establishing a one-stop center for the treatment of GBV survivors in five towns: Axum, Shire, Adwa, Adigrat, and Maychew. The project will be mobilizing resources necessary for a full and effective operation of the centers and building the capacity of health care professionals that provide health services to GBV survivors.

The project also has distributed Dignity Kits: bags full of clothes, sanitary tools, food items, and other necessities for GBV survivors. Non-health response training for non-health response professionals in law enforcement, the justice system, and other areas beyond the health sector, is also planned to be conducted in the near future.   

The project is funded by CIRHT and implemented in collaboration with the Tigray Regional Health Bureau. ESOG's experience in establishing six model clinics will be put to use towards the success of the project.

Infection Prevention and Patient Safety/ IPPS/ Training

Infection Prevention and Patient Safety (IPPS) training was provided at Walda Primary Hospital on January 10-15, 2021 and Mekit Primary hospital on May 4-9, 2021. The training was given to midwives, nurses, and catchment health center workers, a total of 60 participants had attended two-session training.  In developing countries like Ethiopia, healthcare-associated infections are recognized as a major burden for patients, society, and healthcare management. The potential for the transmission of infections in the health care setting is high. Statistics show that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work. Both those receiving and providing care in the hospital are at risk of acquiring and transmitting infections through exposure to blood, body fluids, or contaminated materials. Healthcare workers may be exposed to the infection through the provision of care, invasive clinical procedures, the use of instruments and sharps expose healthcare workers to needle stick injuries and in turn to potentially infectious agents which can cause nosocomial infection or Healthcare Acquired Infection.

CAC, FP Supplies Donated

Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) under one of its projects- Strengthening the Capacity and Improve Quality of Reproductive Health (FP & CAC) and Reducing Stigma on Safe Abortion Care Service Providers had donated CAC supplies like MVA and medication for medical abortion and Implanon and IUCDs for the facilities after providing the basic training. Five MVA kits with 4-12 mm cannula, medication for medical abortion, Implanon, and IUCD were provided for the hospitals while 4 MVA kits with 4-12 mm cannula and Implanon were provided for FP service providing health centers.