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.

ESOG has Undertaken Series of Trainings

Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) has been undertaking a series of training under its project- Strengthening the Capacity and Improve Quality of Reproductive Health (FP & CAC) and Reducing Stigma on Safe Abortion Care Service Providers. A series of training was conducted on comprehensive family planning with emphasis on Long-Acting Family Planning (LAFP) methods in Debre Birhan and Adama From December 2020 to January 2021. The training was being provided for health care providers of the projects in the Amhara and Oromia Regions respectively.

The main purpose of the training was to build the capacity of health care providers to provide quality family planning services, ensuring a continuous service provision based on client choice. A total of 75 health care workers, two from each hospital and one from each health center, were provided three rounds of training. The trainees have performed counseling and implant and IUCD insertions on models and clients. The training had practical sessions on catchment health centers.

Another training that involved 2 trainees from 12 hospitals was also conducted from January 10- 20, 2021 in Adama Town, the Oromia Regional State.

Long-Acting Family Planning (LAFP) methods, specifically Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices [IUCDs] and implants provide uninterrupted protection to women for 3 to 12 years. A good opportunity to provide IUCD is in 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. Based on this, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and ESOG have organized the training and the participants were from ESOG project facilities and those selected by MoH.