Day 2 in Sudan: practical training

We’re on with day two with ISUOG Outreach in Sudan. The morning saw practical training for the most part, with trainees divided amongst the trainers. Each group had an average of six patients and the instructors focused on helping trainees understand how they will be assessed on ultrasound competency.

(ISUOG trainers in action; image courtesy of G.A Báez for ISUOG Outreach)

The trainees also conducted a pre-test in 1st and 2nd/3rd trimester ultrasound in order to measure and understand their current knowledge in OB/GYN ultrasound scanning. Lectures today focused on early pregnancy, 1st trimester and abnormal pregnancies. The team had the chance to hear a lecture on abnormal early pregnancy from Observer and Trainer, Dr Sami Mahmoud who is Secretary General of the African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AFOG).

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(Dr Sami Mahmoud with the team; image courtesy of G.A Báez for ISUOG Outreach)

The trainees are enthusiastic and very focused, with hands raised in eagerness to understand more. The team has only made a scratch in the Sudan program, but already progress can be seen. Stay tuned!!

Day 1 in Sudan and ready to learn

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(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.

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(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”.

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(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

ISUOG Outreach is off to Sudan!

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(From left to right: The Sudan Outreach Team – Prof. Hisham Mirghani, Dr. Reem Abu-Rustum, Dr. Angela Ranzini, Ms. Yasmin Casmod and Mr. Gesu Antonio Baez – ISUOG’s International Development Coordinator)

We’ve got more news and we’re excited to share with you!

ISUOG Outreach is proud to announce its first program taking place in El Obeid, Sudan from 13-17 November 2017. Led by ISUOG Ambassador to UAE and the Middle East, Prof. Hisham Mirghani (UAE/Sudan), the team comprises of Ms. Yasmin Casmod (South Africa), Dr. Angela Ranzini (USA) and ISUOG’s Ambassador to Outreach in Lebanon and the Middle East, Dr. Reem Abu-Rustum (Lebanon). ISUOG’s International Development Coordinator, Gesu Antonio Baez, will also be joining the team in coordinating the project and working with key stakeholders on the ground.

The team will be training 28 trainees from North Khordofan State with the aim to have them become future trainers in OB/GYN ultrasound locally over time. ISUOG Outreach is very grateful to partner with Salamat Doctors Charity, the University of Kordofan and the Sudanese Ministry of Health on this endeavor.

Watch this space as more updates come up as the project develops. For more information on the project, please visit our website.

ISUOG Outreach off to Papua New Guinea!

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Training in Papua New Guinea
Image courtesy of Dr. Nayana Parange

Some exciting news – in partnership with the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM ) on their first Outreach endeavor – ISUOG Outreach will be supporting a program in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 23 October to 27 October. Led by ISUOG Outreach volunteer Dr. Nayana Parange, a team of three from Australia (Dr. Alice Robinson, Dr. Kris Barnden and Dr. Sujatha Thomas) will be training nine trainees from around the area in basic OB/GYN ultrasound at the Port Moresby General Hospital. While they will be working on the current two machines in place, GE Healthcare has partnered with the program to lend portable machines for this endeavor.

Of all the countries in the Asia/Pacific region, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest levels of maternal mortality and has actually shown little (if any) progress on achieving the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) on reducing maternal mortality at a staggering 230 women dying for every 100,000 (according to HDR 2014 Report).  More statistics on PNG can be found here via the World Health Organization.

With the levels of women dying in the country due to preventable causes, providing basic training in OB/GYN ultrasound is vital to help identify issues in advance. Be sure to watch this space as we hear more from the field and provide more updates from the team!

 

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Village near Port Moresby
Image courtesy of Nayana Parange

SANA Medical NGO art exposition on 18 October

ISUOG Outreach is happy to announce that partner organisation SANA Medical NGO will be collaborating with the University of Balamand in an upcoming art exposition at the university, based in Balamand al Kurah (Lebanon) taking place 18 October. The exposition will feature the art of Issam Elias entitled “Unattainable Dream”. All proceeds will go to SANA Medical NGO. For more information, please see the flyer below and visit SANA Medical NGO’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SANA-Medical-NGO-154204021313278/)

 

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ISUOG Outreach Workshop in Rome!

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(Outreach Workshop in Montreal – image courtesy of ISUOG Outreach)

Well, we’ve done it last year and we’ll be doing it again this year!

ISUOG Outreach is happy to announce its Outreach Workshop taking place on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 13:50 to 14:50 in the Rome Park Marriott Hotel (in the Botticelli Hub Space). Much like last year, the aim will be to engage with audience members on key topics regarding ISUOG’s development work on the field and to provide a forum of discussion around innovating ways and methods to promote sustainable development in both women’s health and ultrasound training.

Title: Outreach Workshop – teaching ultrasound on the field

Introduction: ISUOG Outreach – where we are at and what has been done (A. Johnson and G. Baez)

Hub 1: Tricks of the trade (A. Johnson)
Hub 2: From a distance – a method for ultrasound quality control between continents  (H. Feltovitch)
Hub 3: Theory vs. Practical – how much of each is needed and where? (T. Cohen-Overbeek)
Hub 4: How to strengthen relationships between trainer and trainee (T. Eggebo)

Looking forward to seeing you there are we discuss more on how to impact lives and empower local practitioners on the ground!

ISUOG: Travel Grant to Rome Winners

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From left to right: E. Enabudoso (Nigeria), J. Pervin (Bangladesh), S. Wanyonyi (Kenya), A. Bouzid (Tunisia), and N. Enaruna (Nigeria)

Something new is in the air, and we’re excited to share it with you! This year, ISUOG took the exiting initiative to launch for the first time its brand new Travel Grant scheme, aimed to support education and research in under served regions of the world.  ISUOG had made available up to five travel grants for young researchers from these regions to attend the 26th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology that will be held in Rome from 25-28 September 2016.

After a careful selection process, we are happy to announce the following candidates as the winners:

  • Ehigha Enabudoso (Nigeria)
  • Jesmin Pervin (Bangladesh)
  • Nosa Enaruna (Nigeria)
  • Sikolia Wanyonyi (Kenya)
  • Arij Bouzid (Tunisia)

The winners will each receive complimentary registration, round-trip travel to Rome, four-nights’ accommodation and will have the opportunity to present their abstract during the 26th World Congress to ISUOG’s global audience. For those attending the World Congress this year, we hope you’ll join us in congratulating these winners for their outstanding achievement. For more information about the travel grant, please visit our page: http://www.isuog.org/WorldCongress/2016/travelgrant/

Zika Humanitarian Response: Free Multilingual ISUOG Webinar on Zika – 19 May!

Physician Education Update!

FREE ISUOG Outreach Webinar
Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome: how to improve your diagnostic capabilities
Thursday May 19, 2016
English, Spanish and Portuguese

As pregnant women and their fetuses are being diagnosed with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome with increased frequency in Brazil as well as in other Latin American countries, it becomes crucial to educate regional practitioners on the way to make these diagnoses as early as possible.

This free Webinar will provide participants with the necessary tools to differentiate between unaffected and affected.

English: Click here for more information, to view the full program, and to register now!

Spanish: Haga click para mas información, ver el programa, y registrarse ahora!

Portuguese: Clique aquí para mais informação, ver o programa e inscrever-se agora!

Guest Bloggers wanted for ISUOG Outreach!

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(Image by G.A Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

The ISUOG Outreach Program thrives on one thing – passion. Whether on the field or in the scanning room, we aim to share that passion with all our followers via our blog and on Facebook.

Have you volunteered with ISUOG Outreach before? Are you currently on the field conducting Outreach around OB/GYN ultrasound training? Have you yourself benefitted from ISUOG Outreach?

We are now accepting guest bloggers for 2016. Interested? Email us and let us know what you want to share. Your experience on the field? A topic related to ISUOG Outreach work? Something else?

This is a small way to make a big impact on how the world views ISUOG Outreach. Email outreach@isuog.org with you name, profession, country of residence and what you want to share.

Why women’s health is a vital part of global human rights

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Mothers in Ghana
(Image courtesy of Gesu Antonio Baez for ISUOG Outreach – Ghana)


10 December was Human Rights Day. When Hillary Clinton made the statement, “Women’s rights are Human Rights” during the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, it rocked global consciousness in recognising women’s rights as an integral part of human rights. But what about women’s health?  Is it a part of human rights and how does ISUOG defend this? ISUOG’s International Development Officer, Gesù Antonio Báez, explores this topic further.

 

It would be foolish to believe that women’s health didn’t play a crucial role in global women’s rights or human rights in general. Yet somehow, despite the numerous international conventions and covenants that have been championed by the UN and its global partners, women’s health has been pushed as merely a topic for development and humanitarian endeavours, as clearly demonstrated with the now defunct Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and newly initiated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this past September.

Of course, this is not to belittle its category as an important item on the developmental agenda; in fact, it’s paramount to it! But women’s health amounts to so much more than as a single task to accomplish in a nation’s pursuit towards overall development. Because truth be told, women’s health – particularly their right to quality healthcare – is vital not just for global development, but crucial in the fight to defend women’s rights. For if women are the backbone to society and essential for a country’s empowerment, then denying them adequate healthcare is both a violation of their human rights and a denial for a country in achieving its true potential in global development.  Human rights are, first and foremost, a matter of preserving dignity and guaranteeing women access to competent doctors and health services is a task in which all nations and key human rights agents must be willing to invest upon in order to properly demonstrate their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the international community exactly 68 years ago on 10 December 1947.

As an agent for women’s health, ISUOG’s mission is to ensure that every woman has access to competent ultrasound scanning and that OB/GYN conditions are effectively diagnosed because it is a women’s right – her human right – to receive proper treatment and care.

Either via an ISUOG Approved Course in Nigeria, a World Congress in Rome, an International Symposium in India, or an Outreach program in Papua New Guinea,  ISUOG strives to ensure this sacred right is respected and honoured by empowering OB/GYN professionals with the necessary skills needed to conduct a proper scan with quality educational resources, no matter where in the world they are located because the key to ISUOG’s mission is every woman.

Women’s rights are human rights as Hillary Clinton said nearly twenty years ago in Beijing, but women’s health is a fundamental part of this because it honours the women’s right to live. Through ISUOG’s mission and role in the important task of upholding this right, I believe we are on the way towards making an overall respect for this right completely universal.