International Women's Day Stories

At the Office of Global Women’s Health we work every day to better the circumstances, the environment, and the health care outcomes for women everywhere.

Our programs are designed to be results-driven, sustainable, and expandable. We have created programs that train health care workers in surgical skills and operative obstetrics, collaborate on association strengthening, and implement protocols to help reduce maternal mortality due to postpartum hemorrhage.

We share information, collect data, provide continuing education, and collaborate with professional associations and Ministries of Health to affect changes in maternal health outcomes.

Among the portfolio of 13 programs managed through OGWH, in 2018 we launched an effective eLearning program in India; provided consultation to the development of international guidance documents; joined a coalition to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in Madagascar; and launched a new surgery training curriculum in Uganda.

“Our work is important and impactful, and that is rewarding,” said Carla Eckhardt, Senior Director, Global Women's Health & Special Issues in Women’s Health at ACOG. “There is so much to be done, and we are helping to make progress.”

Together, our achievements advance the well-being of women, ensure women and girls access to better sexual and reproductive health care services, and improve the delivery of maternal and women’s health care for women around the world.

Training in Surgical Skills and Operative Obstetrics to Address the Lack of Access to Safe Surgery and Strengthen Surgical Infrastructure

ACOG’s highly impactful surgical skills training program in Uganda was refined in 2018 in anticipation of a country-wide expansion. Recognized and supported by the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the surgical program, which began in 2015, has trained over 200 Master Trainers and certified over 490 Providers. The Uganda Ministry of Health asked ACOG to scale up this program to provide training to all medical interns nationally.

The program, named Essential Training in Operative Obstetrics (ETOO) by Ugandan stakeholders, now includes a revised, localized, blended-learning curriculum developed by stakeholders at Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Busitema University, and Drexel University. The ETOO program will work to standardize curriculum and competency requirements in surgical skills and operative obstetrics in all medical schools and internship centers in Uganda.

2018 highlights: Trained 200 Faculty Trainers and 490 Providers in lifesaving surgical skills; Integration of training curriculum and supervision at all residency training programs in Uganda; Launch eModules for remote training and mentoring of providers

Providing Access to Evidence-Based Continuing Medical Education

ACOG is working with GE Healthcare to improve medical education training for health care providers in India.

In 2018, ACOG and GE Healthcare made available 15 online learning modules on a variety of requested topics. The eModules were produced based on the latest scientific and evidence-based information. Over 700 eModules were purchased by Indian MDs in 2018, exceeding our USA sales.

This highly successful partnership bringing advanced, extended-learning to Ob-Gyns and other health care workers in India will expand in 2019 to include quarterly in-person trainings delivered by ACOG Fellows.

2018 highlights: 15 online learning modules available; 704 eModules purchased; Most popular topics: Infertility, Gynecologic Bleeding Disorders, and Fetal Heart Rate Nomenclature, Interpretation, and Management

Working Toward Sustainable Health Impacts in Madagascar

ACOG has partnered with Management Sciences for Health on the USAID Madagascar Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS) program. ACCESS aims to support activities that contribute to USAID/Madagascar’s five-year (2016-2020) Health Development Objective focused on “sustainable health impacts accelerated for Malagasy People.”

The program activities are designed to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and support efforts towards progressive malaria elimination by improving clinical and non-clinical skills of health providers and through focused efforts to strengthen health systems at the district level and below.

ACOG will work with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Nurse-Midwives to provide capacity building, expertise on curricula and guidelines, training in specific skills, and support to drive quality improvement efforts.

The program activities in 2019 will include a site assessment identifying quality improvement plans and gaps; review and evaluation of mobile LARC and permanent methods contraception outreach services; collaborative training to provide capacity building on identified improvement areas; development of a LARC manual and job aides, in French; and define opportunities for e-learning modules for use in districts and regional settings.




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