A National Symposium on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system was conducted at Capital Hotel and Spa on April 20-21, 2016. The symposium was organized by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in collaboration with World Health Organization/ Evidence for Action (WHO/E4A), Department for International Development Ethiopia (DFID-Ethiopia), UKAID, and the University of Aberdeen. The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) took the role of organizing the event.
The event started with a series of opening remarks by dignitaries including Dr. Ephrem Tekle, director of Maternal and Child Health at FMoH and Bobby Stansfield, acting head of Human Development Team at DFID-Ethiopia. Following was an award given to Prof. Wendy Graham for her active role in reproductive health issues in Ethiopia and presentations by the Professor herself and Dr. Ruth Lawley and Dr. Azmach Hadush from WHO.
Attending the event were also representatives from the Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), who presented their performances on MDSR, except for the Oromia and Afar regions who were not present during the two days event. The event did not complete without seeing presentations from RHBs on their action plans what they will do to improve their MDSR performances.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and WHO/E4A conducted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) in Bahir Dar at Papyrus Hotel on April 16, 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. There will be 4 more similar CMEs to be conducted until the end of June 2016 in Hawassa, Jimma, Dessie and Adama.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) executive board replaced two out going members on an election conducted during the 24th Annual Conference at Hilton Hotel on February 16, 2016. The outgoing members Dr. Abdulfetah Abdulkadir and Dr. Yonas Getachew who have served for two terms were replaced by Dr. Mahlet Yigeremu and Dr. Shiferaw Negash. On the same occasion, the general assembly has also given a full go ahead vote for the rest of the board members including the President, the Vice President, the Honorary Secretary and two board members. The election was as per the Society’s constitution. The board is the high executive committee accountable to the general assembly with seven members: the president, the vice president, the honorary secretary and four members.
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