The curtains drew on the 32nd Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), leaving a trail of insightful discussions and groundbreaking revelations in the realm of women's healthcare. The conference, held at the esteemed Inter Luxury Hotel, featured dynamic sessions on leadership, research, and advancements in maternal and reproductive health.
The opening ceremony set the stage with distinguished speakers, including Dr. Abdulfetah Abdulkadir, President of ESOG, Professor Anne Kihara, President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and Honorable Dr. Ayele Teshome, State Minister of Health, emphasized the pivotal role of leadership in shaping better maternal and neonatal health outcomes.
A panel session chaired by Dr. Malede Birara delved into the theme of "Leadership in Women’s Health towards reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality." Esteemed speakers discussed perspectives, success stories, and challenges, emphasizing the need for effective leadership development, gender equity, advocacy, and communication.
Industry-sponsored sessions brought cutting-edge insights, including an overview of the FIGO LDI REACH Program by Dr. Gelane Lelissa and discussions on innovative medical imaging solutions. These sessions showcased advancements in technology and research initiatives aimed at enhancing healthcare delivery.
During the annual business meeting, members reviewed the ESOG's activities for 2023, outlined plans and budgets for 2024, and addressed critical governance issues. Notable agenda items included discussions on medico-legal issues, organizational restructuring, and the election of a new executive board.
In a significant development, ESOG announced its new leadership team. Dr. Hailemariam Segni has been elected as the next president, succeeding Dr. Abdulfetah Abdulkadir. Prof. Demisew Amenu assumes the role of vice president, and Dr. Mariamawit Asfaw takes on the position of Honorary Secretary. The board retains the expertise of Dr. Gelane Lelisa and Dr. Ethiopia Kumlachew, while welcoming new members, Dr. Meseret Ansa and Dr. Zerai Kassaye.
This transition signifies ESOG's commitment to fostering leadership and excellence in obstetrics and gynecology. The new board is poised to steer the society towards further advancements in women's healthcare and contribute to the overall growth and development of the organization.
As the newly elected board assumes their responsibilities, they carry with them the trust and confidence of the ESOG members, eager to collaboratively work towards achieving the society's goals. Their leadership and vision will undoubtedly shape the future direction of ESOG, ensuring it remains at the forefront of women's healthcare advocacy and innovation in Ethiopia.
The conference concluded with the highly anticipated Dr. Solomon Kumbi Memorial Lecture, delivered by Prof. Yemane Berhane, Director of the Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, focusing on leadership approaches to improve women’s health. The event wrapped up with a vibrant cocktail reception, providing attendees with an opportunity to network and celebrate the successes of the conference.