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Friday, May 24, 2024

A collaborative effort between ACSIS, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and Regional Health Bureaus is paving the way for improved maternal and newborn healthcare across Ethiopia. ACSIS recently concluded a critical training program aimed at equipping obstetrics and gynecology specialists with the skills to train general practitioners in two crucial areas: Structured Point-of-Care Ultrasound (SPOUS) and Operative Delivery Skill and Surgical System Management (OSSYM).

Held at Abebech Gobena MCH Hospital in May 2024, the program targeted 58 specialists from hospitals participating in the nationwide OSSYM rollout. Over two 2-day training sessions, participants received comprehensive training delivered by ACSIS experts. The training kicked off with an introduction to the COPMOD concept, a broader framework within which OSSYM falls. Participants then delved deeper into the specifics of SPOUS and OSSYM training structures. A significant portion of the program involved hands-on practice using SPOUS techniques; ensuring trainers are not only knowledgeable but also proficient in demonstrating these critical skills to others. "The training was very well-organized," said Dr. Aster Mamo, a participant from Bishoftu General Hospital. "The hands-on sessions were particularly helpful; as they allowed us to solidify our understanding of SPOUS techniques before we go on to train others."

The OSSYM initiative is just the beginning. Moving forward, ACSIS and its partners will closely monitor the nationwide rollout of SPOUS and OSSYM training. This collaborative approach, coupled with a focus on knowledge transfer and capacity building, positions Ethiopia to make significant strides in achieving improved maternal and newborn health outcomes for all.