The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) held its 23rd Annual Conference at Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine hall from February 8-Feburary 10, 2015 under the theme, ‘Meeting the Needs of Post-MDG MHN Issues in Ethiopia; the Role of Scaling up Quality Obstetrics and Gynecology Training’.

Dr. Wondimagen Embiale, Human Resource Development and Management Directorate Director of the FDRE Ministry of Health made the opining speech underling the current health policy and achievements of the country and the remaining tasks ahead.  Dr. Berhanu Belay, V/P for Research and Community Service of Jimma University, made a keynote addressing the participants- he in his part, expressed the readiness of JU in supporting such organizations in their move of elevating societal problems. He also stressed the importance of working together.

As reported by Dr. Dereje Nigussie, ESOG president, ESOG has been at the forefront of reproductive health activities for the past 23 years, and has contributed significantly for the betterment of maternal health in the country- primarily by engaging its hardworking members and through partnerships.  In 2014 only, the number of target facilities supporting the implementation of the newly introduced B+ (a life-long antiretroviral treatment), has grown to 67 across seven regions. In addition, a total of 38,110 mothers were given HIV testing and counseling of which, 674 pregnant women received antiretroviral drugs.

During the two days conference, twelve scientific research papers were presented, which followed by discussions.

Since women constitute of almost half of the Ethiopian population, JU will aggressively work and support the efforts of civil societies that are working on the area.

Source: Jimma University

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