Ethiopia is a highly diverse country, containing over 80 different ethnic groups, located in the Horn of Africa near Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. A series of devastating famines in the 1980's brought the world's attention to the hardships of the Ethiopian population. Although politically instable until just recently, the Ethiopian economy is now recognized as one of the fastest growing in the world. The country still faces many challenges however, such as widespread poverty, malnutrition, and poor sanitation. Population growth, urbanization and a large exodus of trained health professionals adds an additional strain on the country's ability to provide basic services to the Ethiopian population.
MNCH Quality Improvement Project
The SOGC is collaborating with Plan Canada on a project that aims to strengthen the link between community efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health, and primary health service delivery in both Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Working closely with the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and making use of the ALARM International Program, the SOGC is lending its expertise to upgrade the skills of ESOG members in Emergency Obstetrics Care. In addition, the SOGC will offer support for the development of clinical guidelines and the strengthening of referral systems.
ALARM International Program
The SOGC's first visit to Ethiopia was in 2001, when SOGC volunteers delivered an ALARM International course in collaboration with the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
The SOGC's current work in Ethiopia is carried out in partnership with the NGO Plan Canada. The SOGC also collaborates with the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists for implementation of projects in Ethiopia.
Photo credit: Maternity Worldwide