Outreach Committee member Anthony Johnson (USA) glances back while Outreach Chair Alfred Abuhamad (USA) listens on Moon-Young Kim’s (South Korea) presentation
Last month during our 24th annual congress in Barcelona, ISUOG held its 3rd Outreach Workshop. They say that the third time is a charm and indeed this particular workshop proved to be just that, addressing some of the pressing maternal health needs globally. The workshop was opened brilliantly by Outreach Committee Chair, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad (USA) who launched the new eBook concept. This spectacular and innovating eBook covers the basics in ultrasound in OB/GYN training and is soon to be translated into a variety of languages. It’s no surprise that many of the participants were intrigued and excited by this new resource, likely to serve as a vital tool in theoretical knowledge dissemination in outreach.
The workshop continued with a moving presentation from Dr. Jean-Claude Fouron (Canada) on the maternal and child health needs in Haiti, followed by Outreach Pioneer and Founder Sturla Eik-Ness (Norway) who gave a compelling speech on the need for modelling ultrasound technology for the African market.
Moon-Young Kim of KSUOG (South Korea), who participated in our project in Mongolia, presented on the difficulties and rewards of the recent with Outreach trip to Ulaanbaatar. The workshop concluded with the inspirational presentation from Dr. Reem Abu-Rustum (Lebanon), outlining the work of her medical NGO SANA in Lebanon (supported by ISUOG) and explaining the current challenges it faces as it tries to deliver outreach in a setting that is greatly affected by the current conflict in Syria.
The presentations brought a wave of applause from the audience, having inspired them to support ISUOG’s endeavour to promote ultrasound in under privileged regions and understanding the crucial role that ISUOG’s Outreach program plays in this.
(From left to right): our distinguished speakers – Dr. Moon Young Kim of KSUOG (South Korea), Dr. Jean-Claude Fouron (Canada) and SANA President and ISUOG Ambassador Dr. Reem Abu-Rustum (Lebanon)
As workshop participant Kia Lannaman, MD of Detroit, Michigan (USA) expressed “the session was respectful, engaging, compassionate and relevant. I valued seeing the efforts leading practitioners in the Obstetric-Gynecologic community are putting forth to extend resources to regions and Women’s medicine needs to make much more progress”.
With Barcelona now behind us and the upcoming congress in Montréal still a distance away, we’re excited to see what we can offer at the next workshop to keep inspiring our members and continue to improve women’s health.