Second Round US Training Underway for Mid- Level Providers

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.

ESOG and USAID Quality Healthcare Activity to Collaborate for Enhancement of Maternal Health Care Services

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ESOG) recently convened a significant discussion with the USAID Quality Healthcare Activity (QHA) to explore collaborative opportunities aimed at advancing maternal health care services in Ethiopia. Under the common theme of understanding work-based maternal health care activities, ESOG and QHA engaged in fruitful deliberations to identify synergies and potential areas of collaboration to improve maternal health outcomes across the country. During the discussion, ESOG provided insights into its past and present projects, showcasing its society's capacity, focus areas, and chapter offices. QHA, on the other hand, offered an overview of its work and potential collaboration areas with ESOG. Through open dialogue and exchange of expertise, both organizations identified key areas of mutual interest and agreed upon collaborative initiatives to address maternal health challenges effectively. These areas include comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care services, ultrasound training, care for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse care, and continuing professional development (CPD) courses. The discussion underscored the commitment of ESOG and QHA to leveraging their collective resources and expertise to implement impactful interventions that will positively impact maternal health outcomes in Ethiopia. By working together, both organizations aim to strengthen maternal health care services, enhance access to quality care, and improve the overall well-being of women across the country. ESOG remains dedicated to advancing maternal health and looks forward to further collaboration with QHA to implement innovative solutions and drive positive change in maternal health care delivery. For more information on ESOG's initiatives and collaborations, please visit [ESOG's website](

ESOG Joins High-Level Discussion on Addressing Neglected Rh Disease in Ethiopia


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) spearheaded a pivotal meeting bringing together esteemed leaders in the field of maternal health to address the neglected issue of Rh disease in Ethiopia. Held in collaboration with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), representatives from Haramaya University, and directors of African and worldwide initiatives for the eradication of Rh disease, the meeting aimed to identify challenges and chart a path forward to improve health outcomes for Rh disease in the country.

Key stakeholders, including presidents of FIGO and ESOG, convened with Her Excellency Dr. Mekdes Dhaba, Minister of Health, to discuss the pressing issues surrounding Rh disease and strategize effective interventions. Emphasis was placed on the urgent need for investment in local production of products essential for the prevention and treatment of Rh disease, underscoring ESOG's commitment to advancing maternal health in Ethiopia.

Rh disease, caused by Rh incompatibility between a mother and her fetus, poses significant risks to maternal and fetal health if left untreated. Despite its severity, Rh disease often goes overlooked, highlighting the critical importance of collaborative efforts to raise awareness and implement effective solutions.

ESOG remains at the forefront of advocating for maternal health initiatives and driving change in obstetric care practices. Through partnerships with esteemed organizations and engagement with government stakeholders, ESOG continues to champion initiatives aimed at improving maternal health outcomes and ensuring access to quality care for all women in Ethiopia.

The meeting concluded with a renewed commitment from all participants to work collaboratively towards overcoming the challenges associated with Rh disease and implementing strategies to prevent and treat this neglected condition. ESOG reaffirms its dedication to addressing maternal health challenges and looks forward to ongoing collaboration with stakeholders to advance the health and well-being of women across Ethiopia.

For more information on ESOG's initiatives and partnerships, please visit [ESOG's website](