New MoU to Boost ESOG/ACOG Collaboration

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) on June 30, 2016 in Washington DC. The MoU is signed to kick off ACOG/ESOG collaborative project to enhance medical education and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ethiopia. Representing the two parties were Dr Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG and Dr Thomas M. Cellhaus, president of ACOG.

CME on MDSR Continued in Adama

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the Evidence for Action (WHO/E4A) conducted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) in Adama on June 18, 2016. The trainees were obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, emergency surgical officers, hospital management bodies, regional health bureau officials and relevant people from zonal health offices.  Having started in Bahir Dar, there have been more similar CMEs conducted in various other regional towns in the last couple of months.

Expression of Endorsement, Dr. Tedros Adhanom

We, the Executive Board members at the Ethiopian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ESOG) hereby endorse the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom unanimously for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

This endorsement was based on our expressed confidence in his outstanding ability, capacity and visionary leadership which were demonstrated while he was the Minister of Health and his current post as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Tedros had introduced a number of health system reforms which significantly improved access to health services in general and that of the maternal, women and newborn health in particular.

Some of the most outstanding achievements were, among others, the training and deployment of over 38,000 Health Extension Workers (HEWs) who were instrumental to revolutionalize the primary health care delivery system.

Furthermore, it was under Dr. Tedros’s leadership that the scale up of the training of the health workforce and deployment strategy were made possible and become operational following which thousands of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, integrated emergency officers and health officers were trained and deployed with improved working condition and level of motivation than ever before.

Following the introduction of the above mentioned and other measures, he had contributed to the significant decline of maternal mortality and morbidity and the newborn mortality. Moreover, he was instrumental in improving the family planning uptake, antenatal care coverage, skilled birth attendance and institutional delivery.

He had been supportive in his role at both ministerial offices for our Society activities as an important partner and had played a pivotal role and in the smooth organization and conduct of the first ever FIGO Africa conference in October 2013 without whom it would have been difficult to carry out such an important and big event.

Finally, if he is elected for this important global post, we believe he will continue to provide his strong leadership so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in health globally.





Dereje Negussie, M.D/Obgyn, PgD-RM, MPH

President, ESOG

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