Annual Review Meeting Conducted in West Harerge

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) together with the West Harerge Zone health department organized an annual review meeting from August 27-28, 2021 in Chiro Town. Hospital and health center managers, MCH focal persons, woreda health office managers, family health officers, and zonal health department staff attended the meeting. Opening speech and keynote addresses were given by zone health department heads. All zonal MCH activities including the project activity were presented by the MCH coordinator of the zone health office. Facility managers presented their MCH performance including FP and CAC services and discussion was made. The discussion was led by the zone health bureau head and zone MCH department heads. Finally, zone health department participants and district health office participants recognized the performance of the MCH activities and promised to give attention to provide quality services.

ESOG works in two general hospitals and 20 health centers in West Harerge Zone under the strengthening the capacity and improving quality of Reproductive Health and reducing stigma on safe abortion care providers’ project funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The project activities performed in the zone were presented at the review meeting.

ESOG Provided Medical Supplies for Hospitals, Health Centers

Following reports on shortages of supplies, the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) provided Medical Supplies and drugs to hospitals and health centers. Five MVA Kits with 4-12 mm cannula, 25 gowns, 25 Aprons, four boxes of Miso-Mifo drugs were provided for hospitals while the health centers got four MVA kits with 4-9 mm and 4-12 mm cannula, 15 Gowns, and 15 Aprons, two boxes of Miso-Mifo drugs. 

The support was made with the aim of improving the quality of MCH services including family planning and comprehensive abortion care.

The support was made by one of ESOG’s Projects entitled- Strengthening Capacity and Improving Quality of Reproductive Health (Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC)) and Reducing Stigma on Abortion Care Service Providers. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of FP and CAC in the primary health care units to increase service uptake and support the Ministry of Health (MoH) in developing effective de-stigmatization strategies for safe abortion care among health care workers. To achieve this end, the project aims at institutionalizing FP and CAC and newborn health mentorship programs at primary hospitals and health centers through producing Emergency Surgical Officers (ESOs). Strengthening the quality improvement programs in FP, CAC, maternal and child health at primary hospitals and health centers, and reducing stigma and discrimination against abortion care providers are also the objectives of the project.

Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the project has been implemented by ESOG in partnership with MoH, regional health bureaus, woreda health offices, hospitals, and health centers.

A Series of CMEs on Ultrasound

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) in collaboration with Mindray have conducted a series of CME courses on ultrasound on August 29, 2021. The online session was attended by dozens of Ob-Gyns, and health care professionals.

The CME session addressed The Role of Ultrasound in Gynecological Surgery and Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS), among other topics. Dr. Jin Huang, Dr. Abdulfetah Abdulkadir, and Dr. Fikre Geremew were among the speakers at the session.

Founded in 1991, Mindray is one of the global providers of medical devices and solutions. ESOG and Mindray have collaborated on so many other CMEs for members and health care providers.