MDSR now has its own ESOG (Ethiopian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) continuing medical education (CME) module, which will be used across the country to educate obstetricians and other senior clinicians about the process of MDSR.
The module was launched at the ESOG Annual Conference with 68 participants. These included senior gynaecologists, who graduated well before the development of the MDSR system, alongside Obstetric and Gynecologist residents who will be leading the system in the future.
The seminar included the latest maternal death data from the national database, the global context of MDSR, an overview of the surveillance system, as well as practical exercises that guide SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) responses.
Eighty-five per cent of the delegates rated the workshop as excellent or above average and ninety-four per cent rated the module as relevant to their practice. Similar numbers said they would modify their practice as a result of the workshop with improvement in documentation being the most popular improvement.
There are plans to take the seminars to the Regions in the near future.
To read more, take a look at Ethiopia’s February 2016 MDSR Newsletter here. You’ll find updates on the role of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in managing national MDSR data, inspiring stories of good practice, and two case studies: 1) the death of a pregnant adolescent girl from sepsis and 2) a near miss of a pregnant woman with a scarred uterus who received delayed management.
Please also read a presentation on strengthening the MDSR system in Ethiopia delivered at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico in October 2015 by Professor Wendy Graham, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Dr Ephrem Teckle Lemango, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.
Update from Dr Ruth Lawley, Clinical Technical Adviser, E4A-Ethiopia