Baseline Assessment Orientation Conducted

CAC FP1Facility Baseline assessment orientation was conducted at the project bureau of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) on October 6-7, 2017. The orientation was conducted under the project- Implementing Quality Improvement in Reproductive Health /Family Planning and Comprehensive Abortion Care/ in selected Hospitals and Health Centers of Amhara and Oromia Region and De-stigmatization of Safe Abortion among Health Care Workers in Ethiopia.
The orientation, which was attended by 15 health workers from selected facilities from Oromia and Amhara Regional States, was given on a survey tool entitled Assessing Health Service Quality Standards for Family Planning and Comprehensive Abortion Facility. The health workers will be responsible for the data collection process.

The document is meant to evaluate health service quality of the facilities in 8 of the standards: the provision of evidence based counseling and contraceptive service and management of side effects and complications based on national and global guidelines; health information system and its use of date and appropriate action to improve care for every client; the facilities referral system for every client whose condition cannot be dealt with; the effectiveness and the availability of need based communication with clients; the treatment of clients with dignity, kindness, compassion, courtesy, respect, understanding and honesty; the availability of emotional support and effort of strengthening the client’s own capabilities; the level of competencies and skills among health workers providing the service.
The expectation is that the output of the assessment will be used to plan for measures to be taken to improve CAC and FP services in the two regions.
Funded by David and Packard Lucile Foundation, the project has the objective of implementing integrated national QI in RH: CAC and FP among 60 health facilities in Amhara and Oromia Regional States. To that end the project also aims at selecting hospitals for the support on quality improvement on CAC and FP; providing orientation training about mentoring and quality improvement to 16 Health Care Workers (HCWs) that serve as mentors (Midwives and obstetricians), the HCWs should have a training on family planning and CAC and conducting baseline assessment on quality of care among the selected health facilities.

The Eastern, Central, Southern Africa College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ESCACOG) launched

The college was launched during the Annual Conference of the Rwandan Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RSOG) on Sept 27-29, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Delegates from eight countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique participated on the launching event. Just before the launching event executive board members were elected and Ethiopia managed to get the position of Deputy Secretary General via the current president of Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG Dr. Drerje Negussie. The nomination was mainly due to the rich experience of the ESOG working to improve training and service quality. Moreover, the fact that Ethiopia had been the founding and active member of the African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AFOG) and ECSAOGS was also taken into consideration.
On the same occasion an agreement was made to enroll founding members of the new college and form council of the college by including two senior members of the country associations from all the member countries.

The ultimate goal of the college is to give examination and confer upon those who successfully pass the exam a fellowship of the college (F-ESACOG) which would be used to improve the profile and hence the desirability to be employed in Africa and beyond. It is also in a way a sub-regional quality assurance mechanism which stipulates the formation of collages in each member country and the application of standardized curriculum across specialty and sub-spatiality training in obstetrics and gynecology.

Review Meeting Conducted

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted a review meeting on its ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project at the Society’s Project Bureau on Saturday September 23, 2017. Attending the meeting were Dr. Berhanu Tadesse, program director of the project based in the US, Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, Selamawit Kifle, general manager of ESOG and project coordinators.
On the meeting progress reports were presented by each leader and discussions were held on the challenges and ways forward. The meeting was planned to precede the joint leadership meeting which will be conducted on October 27-28, 2017, in Addis Ababa.

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