ESOG News

ESOG-FIGO Collaboration to Launch New Website

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) is collaborating with the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) on a new website called “Ask Dr. FIGO” – launching June 2021. The free-to-use website is meant to help users find answers to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) questions.

The website has language support customized to allow users to ask questions and receive answers in Amharic or English. Other local languages will also be included in the future. The user asks SRHR questions anonymously, which will then be received by registered ESOG member OB-Gyns, sexual and reproductive health professionals. The professionals use the doctor platform to then prep and publish their answers, where the user is then able to return to access the information.  

The new platform, which has been under development for over a year, is expected to answer questions from adolescents and the general public in major cities and towns throughout Ethiopia. The platform will be launched as a pilot for a year to eventually go fully operational. Taking the lessons learned from the project in Ethiopia, it will also be launched in many African countries and others worldwide in all of their respective local languages.

The website has language support customized to allow users to ask questions and receive answers in Amharic or English. Other local languages will also be included in the future. The user asks SRHR questions anonymously, which will then be received by registered ESOG member OB-Gyns, sexual and reproductive health professionals. The professionals use the doctor platform to then prep and publish their answers, where the user is then able to return to access the information.  

The new platform, which has been under development for over a year, is expected to answer questions from adolescents and the general public in major cities and towns throughout Ethiopia. The platform will be launched as a pilot for a year to eventually go fully operational. Taking the lessons learned from the project in Ethiopia, it will also be launched in many African countries and others worldwide in all of their respective local languages.

The project is also working with the Ministry of Health and other initiatives like YEGNA to promote the use of the new platform.

Quality Improvement Training for Quality Officers

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ESOG)- under its QI in FP and CAC Project- conducted a training that aimed at improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of RH care service providers. It was conducted from October 24-28, 2020. The training planned to equip trainees with necessary skills to provide reliable evidence-based care; implement QI processes, and utilize quality measures to improve care systems and outcomes.

One of the objectives of the project is the improvement of the quality of RH/FP and CAC/services. To achieve this objective, ensuring that health care providers develop processes for continuous quality improvement (CQI), requires that health personnel acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to plan, define, monitor, improve and evaluate quality on a continuous basis.

Taking standard training package as a requirement to meet its objectives, the project in collaboration with Oromia Regional Health Bureau’s Quality and Equity Case Team has conducted a Four-day Quality Improvement training for facility MCH head and quality officers in Arsi zones, Ambo town, in North Shewa Meeting hall. There were 2 participants from Woreda health office, 4 from zone office and also 4 participants from 2 Hospitals and 2 participants from each of the 15 health centres. Medical Doctors, Midwife Nurses, Health officers had participated in the training.

Training on Infection Prevention and Patient Safety

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) provided training on Infection Prevention and Patient Safety at Walda Primary Hospital from November 9-18, 2020. Participants of the training were a total of 18 health care workers six Midwives from MCH Department, six nurses from other departments and also 6 catchment health centers health workers.

The objective of the training was to build the capacity and skills of health workers and other actors to infection prevention (IPPS).

In developing countries like Ethiopia, healthcare-associated infections are recognized as a major burden for patients, health care management and the society at large. 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 hospitals are at risk of acquiring and transmitting infections through exposure to blood, body fluids or contaminated materials.

Healthcare workers may be exposed to infection through the provision of care, invasive clinical procedures, the use of instruments and exposure to needle stick injuries and in turn to potentially infectious agents which can cause nosocomial infection or Healthcare Acquired Infection.