(ISUOG Ambassador and Trainer Hisham Mirghani speaking to trainees; image courtesy of G.A Báez for ISUOG Outreach)
Sunday the 13th of November kicked off the ISUOG Outreach program in El Obeid, Sudan with 30 trainees eager to get started at the Planned Parenthood Headquarters in El Obeid. The morning began with an opening ceremony, presented by the Minister of Health, Dean of the University of Kordofan, along with ISUOG Ambassador Hisham Mirghani and ISUOG International Development Coordinator Gesu Antonio Báez. This was followed by a practical scanning session. And the sessions were big – up to 70 patients were in the waiting room ready to be scanned by the trainees who were also eager to learn.
(Hands on training with ISUOG Trainer Yasmin Casmod; image courtesy of G.A Báez for ISUOG Outreach)
MindRay generously loaned two machines to the program to enhance the training experience. The rest were provided from local hospitals and were functioning in full form!
Each trainee was divided into groups based on their years of experience with ultrasound in order to provide a tailored approach to their learning. This also allowed them to get to know other trainees who came from afar – some travelled up to five hours from other parts of Sudan!
Dr Reem Abu-Rustum ended the day with theoretical training by going over the “Six Step Method”. Prof Mirgani demonstrated how to properly handle the probe, Yasmin Casmod covered knoblology and Dr Angela Ranzini spoke about Fetal Biometry.
With day one already a success, the group looks forward to taking the scanning skills of the groups to next level. With hope, it will be a successful week to follow, or as they say in this part of the world “inshallah”.
(ISUOG Trainer and Ambassador Reem Abu-Rustum with trainees; image courtesy of G.A Báez for ISUOG Outreach)
The purpose of the ISUOG Outreach project to Sudan is to provide ultrasound training to local OB/GYN practitioners with the intention that these trainees eventually become local trainers.
Phase I comprises of three week-long training programs, which will take place in a 12-18 month time frame with a space of 6 months between training. Between training, trainees will be mentored by designated trainers from the project team to provide guidance on scanning. By the end of Phase I, trainees will be competent in ultrasound scanning techniques and conduct quality scans in line with basic training outreach templates (SO2).
For more information on the goals and outputs on the program see http://www.isuog.org/Outreach/Projects/Sudan/Sudan+1.htm