A team of four from the Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RSOG) visited the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG). The visit of Dr. Eugene Ngoga, president of RSOG, Dr. Stephen Rulisa, 1st vice president, Dr. Nitrushwa David, 2nd vice president and Dr. Aflodis Kagaba, executive director, on August 31- September 1, 2017 aimed at sharing experience on how on professional associations and on the revised abortion law.
It has been five years since RSOG was established while it has been more than a quarter of a century for ESOG as a professional association.
The visit involved a meeting with Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, a visit to Adama Hospital Medical College and Adama University’s Ob-Gyn department and an experience sharing meeting with ESOG administration staff, board members and other partner organizations.
On their first stop in Adama, the visitors met Dr. Fikru Abebe, ESOG’s focal person at Adama. Dr. Fikru explained in detail about the Ob-Gyn department, the abortion practices, and the hospital’s experience regarding abortion and other interventions. Dr. Fikru also tour guided the visitors through Adama Hospital.
On the experience sharing meeting presentations were made about ESOG as a society and its projects, among others by Dr. Dereje and Selamawit Kifle, general manager. Presentations were also made by Dr. Yirgu G.Hiwot on the role of ESOG in revising the abortion law. Other partner organizations like Egender and Ipas Ethiopia have also shared their experiences on the implementation of the revised abortion law.
In what has beena progressive process,the Residency Thematic Area Committee of the ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project handed over documents of harmonized curriculum and minimum requirements to 12 institutions, which are currently running the OB-GYN residency programs.
An agreement was reached to set minimum requirements and core competencies and educational objectives for residency programs on a consultative meeting conducted on November 28, 2016. The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) took the initiative to harmonize curriculums and adopts standards under its project with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).
The objective of the documents is to harmonize the curriculum being used by various residency programs in various institutions and setting minimum standards for institutions to fulfil before they are allowed to launch the program.
Our communications team has witnessed the handover event in two of the 12 institutions: Wolayita Sodo University Referral Hospital and Hawassa Referral Hospital. The handover in these institutions was led by Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, ESOG’s vice president. Dr. Balkachew handed over the documents to Dr. Birhanetsehay T. Tsadik, chief executive director of Wolayita University Referral Hospital and Dr. Zerai Kassaye, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Hawassa University Referral Hospital.
The handover involved a presentation on the documents and discussions with the residents and the administrations. Both institutions warmly welcomed the arrival of the documents and shared their views and concerns during the discussions.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) received a warm welcome as it launched its new project entitled- Implementing Quality Improvement (QI) in Reproductive Health (RH): Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) in selected hospitals and Health Centers of Amhara and Oromia, Ethiopia and De-stigmatization of Safe abortion among Health Care Workers in Ethiopia.
A launching event was underway in Debre Birhan of Amhara Regional State and Assela of Oromia Regional state on August 1 and 4, 2017, respectively.
Facilitated by Eyob Mohammed, the project coordinator, the events brought together Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, ESOG’s vice president and the Principal Investigator (PI )of the project for the Amhara, Dr. Muhidin Abdo, ESOG’s executive board member and the PI of the project for the Oromia, AtoBedri Ahmed of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ato Alemayehu Hunduma from Oromia Health Bureau and many other health facilities.
Attending the events were professionals from Zone Health Departments and Wereda Health offices and others from various health facilities.
With welcoming notes from Ato Bekri, Dr. Balkachew and Dr. Muhidin along with officials from regional health bureaus, the events saw a presentation from Eyob and a very warm deliberation by participants on the project. The enthusiasm was evident among participants as the opinions circulated around.
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