Sensitization workshop for clinical mentorship program on Comprehensive Emergency, Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) service was conducted in Assossa, Beninshangul Gumuz Region and Gambella, Gambella Region. The workshops were conducted on October 19 and October 22, 2019. Similar workshops are expected to take place in Jigjiga os Somali Regional and Semera of the Afar Regional State.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Mekdes Daba, principal investigator, and Dr. Yenealem Tadesse, from Project Hope, USAID Transform HDR On the workshop results of clinical mentorship assessment was presented and discussion was made among participants from the regional health bureaus, Assossa General hospital, Bullen and Wenbera primary hospitals CEO, Medical Director, MCH heads and ESO, and zonal health departments.
Indicating the results of the assessment were very reflective of the reality on the ground, participants asked questions and discussed their shortcomings. The shortages of supplies, blood bank, a commitment of sustainability of support, training opportunities, among others were concerns raised by participants.
The program is undertaken in the four developing regions of Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) is accredited as a legitimate CME Provider. Having met all the national standards set by the Federal Ministry of Health, the accreditation was issued by the Ethiopian Midwives Association. The accreditation will allow ESOG to provide credited CMEs for members.
ESOG is also in the process to be recognized as an accreditor, which will allow it to accredit other institutions as providers.
A review meeting conducted for Catchment Based Clinical Mentorship (CBCM) Project in Adama on September 9, 2019. The review meeting followed the same meeting, which was conducted in Debre Birhan on September 7, 2019.
The meeting aimed at reviewing the mentorship activities that have been conducted in primary hospitals. The mentors were gynecologists at general hospitals. A continuous mentorship in primary hospitals is the new approach the project is taking a lead on to improve quality of services.
On the review meeting in Debre brihan and Adama, reports were presented by gynecologists in Debre brihen general hospital and Ambo Referral Hospital, respectively, who were mentoring three primary hospitals over the period of three months. Dr. Dagim Shimelash presented all the strength and shortcomings the mentoring team witnessed at the three primary hospitals, Shewarobit Primary Hospital, Ataye Primary Hospital and Debresina Primary Hospital and also Dr. Dereje Lemma presented all the strength and shortcomings the mentoring team witnessed at the three primary hospitals, Guder Primary Hospital, Jeldu Primary Hospital and Gedo Primary Hospital.
Both presenters present a very clean compound that brought praises to all Primary Hospitals and competitive theoretical knowledge of health professionals have been documented as encouraging aspect in the primary hospitals. Documentation, inadequate practical skills and shortage of equipment, supplies and poor infrastructure need further work, the mentors noted. The presentations were well accompanied by discussions. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health, Amhara Health Bureau, Oromia Health Bureau, Zone Health Office and Dr. Delyeheu Bekele and Dr .Malede Birara from ESOG executive board well all present on the meetings respectively .
The goal of the mentorship program is to improve the quality of RMNCH services through skill and knowledge transfer that will ultimately lead to a decrease in maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality.
The project aims to involve 2 zones: 2 referral and 6 primary hospitals in each of the regions: Amhara and Oromia. Supported by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and in collaboration with the regional health bureaus, the project envisions to benefit a total of 650 health workers, who are the direct beneficiaries, and indirect beneficiaries of more than 250, 000 women of reproductive age groups.
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