ESOG Empowers Obstetricians and Gynecologists with Leadership Training


The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) continues its commitment to advancing healthcare leadership by conducting a specialized training program aimed at enhancing leadership skills among Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) Department Program coordinators. The training, held on April 5th and 6th, 2024, at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, marked a significant step forward in incorporating leadership courses into pre-service training for healthcare professionals.

The third of its kind training initiative aligns with ESOG's broader mission to foster leadership development within the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Drawing upon the principles outlined in the Leadership Development Initiative under the LDI:REACH program, supported and overseen by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the training aimed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive positive change in maternal healthcare delivery.

The training agenda included a comprehensive curriculum covering key topics such as advocacy, problem-solving, decision-making, gender equity, and team-building. Participants engaged in interactive sessions facilitated by experts in the field, enabling them to gain valuable insights and practical strategies for effective leadership within their respective healthcare settings.

Dr. Hailemariam Segni, president of ESOG in his opening remark, emphasized the critical role of leadership in improving maternal health outcomes and underscored ESOG's commitment to nurturing the next generation of healthcare leaders. He highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing the challenges facing obstetric and gynecological care in Ethiopia, and expressed confidence in the participants' ability to drive meaningful change within their departments and communities.

The training initiative builds upon ESOG's ongoing efforts to promote excellence in obstetric and gynecological care through education, advocacy, and professional development. By incorporating leadership courses into pre-service training, ESOG aims to empower healthcare professionals with the skills and competencies needed to address the complex and evolving needs of women's healthcare in Ethiopia.

As ESOG continues to spearhead initiatives aimed at improving maternal health outcomes and birth experiences, the leadership training program stands as a testament to the society's unwavering commitment to advancing the field of obstetrics and gynecology in Ethiopia.

ESOG, MoH Host Successful Event on Infertility in Ethiopia


The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) together with the Ministry of Health (MoH) hosted a highly successful event focused on "Infertility: Understanding, Opportunities, and Challenges in Ethiopia."

The half day event, which was held at Capital Hotel on April 2, 2024 in Addis Ababa, brought together key stakeholders, experts, and policymakers to discuss the critical issues surrounding infertility in the country.

The event commenced with a registration and cocktail session, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussions and presentations. Prof Sileshi Garoma, Senior Advisor for the State Minister's Program and Service Wing, delivered a welcoming remark, followed by a Keynote Address by Dr. Hailemariam Segni, the President of ESOG. H.E. Dr. Dereje Duguma, State Minister of the Ministry of Health, also provided an opening speech, emphasizing the importance of addressing infertility within the healthcare landscape of Ethiopia.

The agenda included informative sessions such as an Overview of Infertility at the policy level by Dr. Alemayehu Hunduma, the Program Head for RH, FP, and AYH. Dr. Meseret Ansa, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and a board member of ESOG, presented on the current status of infertility in Ethiopia. Dr. Abel Teshome, another expert in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, shared recent research findings on infertility, shedding light on new developments in the field.

The event culminated in a dynamic discussion based on the presentations, focusing on the way forward for addressing infertility in Ethiopia. The engagement and collaboration among participants highlighted the commitment to understanding, exploring opportunities, and overcoming challenges related to infertility in the country.

The Ministry of Health delivered the closing remarks, underscoring the importance of continued efforts to improve infertility services and support for individuals and couples facing fertility issues. The event concluded with a networking lunch, providing attendees with the opportunity to connect, share insights, and forge partnerships to advance the field of infertility treatment in Ethiopia.

ESOG remains dedicated to advancing reproductive healthcare in Ethiopia and will continue to lead initiatives that promote awareness, education, and access to quality infertility services. Stay tuned for more updates on ESOG's efforts to address infertility challenges and improve reproductive health outcomes in Ethiopia.

Leadership Transition Marks the Conclusion of the 32nd Annual Conference ESOG

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.