The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) conducted a two day Program Directors’ School Training at Friendship Hotel, Addis Ababa from June 5 to 6, 2017.
The training, which was opened by a welcoming speech by Dr. Getachew Tolera, human resource directorate director at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, brought together about 24 attendees from 12 universities and medical colleges.
Attendees were from 12 of the universities where Ob-Gyn residency programs are up and running and two other institutions.
Topics covered during the training include Mentoring Residents; Residency Program Orientation; Resident Selection, Retention and Attrition; Curriculum Design and Basics; Motivating Faculty to Be Effective Teachers; Academic and Technical Remediation for Residents in Trouble and more. Dr. Peter Shwartz, Dr. Rebecca McAlister and Dr. Diana Lauren, all from ACOG and Dr. Balkachew Nigatu of ESOG took turns in covering the topics. Also present was Dr. Birhanu Taye, lube.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) have conducted the annual leadership meeting in Washington DC from May 2 through 4, 2017. During the event the annual activities were reviewed and year two activities and action points were agreed. The first year activity review was found to be successfully accomplished as in the plan.
The meeting was attended by ACOG leadership: Tom Gillehose, president, Barbra Levey, v. president, Carla Eckardt, director of the global women health, Dr. Berhanu Tadesse Taye, program director, Prof. Doglas Lube, Prof. Bert Paterson. Hannan A., program specialist of ESOG-ACOG Program, and Elizabeth O’Connell, MPIA, director of development. The Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) was also represented by Jenet Hall, and Olivia. Led by the President of ESOG, Dr. Dereje Negussie, the Ethiopian team brought Dr. Balkachew Nega, vice president of ESOG, Mengistu H. Mariam, Dr. Muhdin Abdo, Dr. Mahlet Yigeremu, (all board members) and Dr. Abdulfetah Abdulkadir of the CME Committee.
The event also involved the Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM) of ACOG, which was conducted in San Diego from May 6 through 9, 2017. Five of the leadership team and eight more members of ESOG have attended the event. CMEs, panel discussions, and the presidential inauguration of Dr. Heywood Brown were all part of the main event.
We at the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) would like to congratulate Dr. Tedros Adhanom in his latest success becoming the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Winning more votes than the two other candidates combined, Dr. Tedros will begin his five years term as Director General beginning July 1, 2017.
Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012. He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom led a comprehensive reform effort of the country's health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3500 health centers and 16 000 health posts; expanded the health workforce by 38 000 health extension workers; and initiated financing mechanisms to expand health insurance coverage. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he led the effort to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
As Chair of the Global Fund and of RBM, Dr Tedros Adhanom secured record funding for the two organizations and created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM’s reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America.
Dr Tedros Adhanom will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.
We at ESOG believe that the decision of members states to elect Dr. Tedros Adhanom as the next Director General of WHO is not only the right one, but also the timely one.
We congratulate Dr. Tedros again and wish him all the success in his future endeavor.
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