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Visions of Burma – supporting training in Yangon


Outreach team (from left to right: Franti Grochal from Slovakia, Dr. Philippe Jeanty from USA, Ya Chiao Hu from Taiwan and Federico Badano from Argentina).
Image courtesy of Dr. Philippe Jeanty of TheFetus.Net

On 7 March 2017, Outreach Committee Member and Founder of TheFetus.net Dr. Philippe Jeanty (USA), led a group of trainers in Yangon, Myanmar to train 30 trainees from across the country in basic OB/GYN ultrasound. ISUOG Outreach supported this mission and below, Dr. Jeanty provides his first impressions of Yangon from early this week.

“First day:

This is the first Outreach course we’de done in Yangon, Myanmar. The first day was rest and recovery from very long trips! Federico Badano was the longest distance flyer (29 hours from Argentina), followed by Franti Grochal (26 hours from Slovakia). Ya Chiao Hu from Taiwan and Gwang Jun Kim from South Korea had an easier time but still pretty long trips!
We did some light visiting, taking a local train to site see. Interestingly, we crossed the tracks a few time to get from platform to platform. Very surprising to me!  The train was full of colorful people. They use some ground up stone for makeup and sunscreen. In the train there was a panel with 3 warnings: you can’t smoke or litter, but more surprisingly, you cannot kiss on the train!


Yangon train
Image courtesy of Dr. Philippe Jeanty of TheFetus.Net

The train was really packed and vendors circulating with all types of food, drinks and trinkets. They even sell betel leaves that people keep in their checks, a little like the coca leaves in the Andes with similar bad effects on teeth! We chatted with some people who were very friendly and quite interested in us. Actually mostly interested in Ya Chiao and we learned later that Korean movies are very popular here and they thought she was a Korean actress!!
We visited a pagoda with an immense Buddha statue made of a single block of marble imported (if I am correct)  from Nepal.
The food is very varied and influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine.
Today was the first day of the course and we met with our local contact, Dr Yin Yin Soe, who organized the course.
We had 30 students and they come from all over Myanmar! It was incredible that many had come from hospitals with only one obstetrician so it was apparently difficult to get government permission for them to attend the course and have surgeon cover their absence. Many travelled by train the night before. Compared to previous Outreach courses, they are much less intimidated which makes the contact easier.
We had class room in the morning and workshop the afternoon.
It is very very hot! 37 C/99 F, but the students were really eager to learn!

Second day:

Ya Chiao scanning

Yao Chiao scanning with a trainee
Image courtesy of Dr. Philippe Jeanty of TheFetus.net

Since I am so hard at hearing, I got in the habit of asking people to write their questions on paper and drop them on the desk. This is also a great technique for shy students and women who otherwise would not ask questions. Well, we were inundated and the questions reflected a very good level of knowledge. This is an interesting situation with knowledgeable students who just have very little hand-on practice. So I worry that our lectures were too basic.
For Ya Chiao, this was her very first ever presentation in front of a class and even behind her impassible stoic face, she was clearly nervous! Sonographers don’t often teach physicians in Asia but she did a very good job!
Gwang Jun had the second presentation and talked about CNS anatomy and the views. As expected, he had a great presentation and has a unique style of teaching, for instance a way to remember the ventricular system by folding the fingers was a refreshing approach to the usual topic!
Federico and Franti then did their presentation with the ease of someone who has spent years doing them.

Group photo

Trainers with trainees
Image courtesy of Dr. Philippe Jeanty of TheFetus.net

The afternoon we had tons of patients with anomalies, including large cephalocele, missed AB, triplets and so on. Some patients needed TV examination which we rarely do in courses like this and Concordia rapidly got us a TV probe and we did several scans. It helps that women here are accepting and that almost all the students are women.
They know what they need to look for but needed help in coordinating what they see on screen with the movement of the transducer. So I hold their hand and show the movement. And invariably they look at my hand moving theirs instead of looking at the screen! So finally I took a patient chart as a “blind” to force them to just look at the screen!
The machines we have are uneven resolution. The three top end machines are fantastic but the low end one makes you realize what it is to scan in a country that has a hard time affording to machines: we are very spoiled!”

Stay tuned for more stories from Myanmar and next week, as we report from Ghana!



Outreach team (from left to right: Franti Grochal from Slovakia, Dr. Philippe Jeanty from USA, Federico Badano from Argentina, Ya Chiao Hu from Taiwan and Dr. Gwang Jun Kim from South Korea)
Image courtesy of Dr. Philippe Jeanty of TheFetus.net


ISUOG Outreach Workshop in Rome!


(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!

Having your say….ISUOG Outreach during the World Congress


Outreach Chair Dr. Anthony (Tony) Johnson and Outreach Committee member, Prof. John Hyett brainstorming during the Outreach Workshop (Image courtesy of Erika Rosenbaum)

Opinions count and voices matter; it’s taking into consideration the views of others that help make an international organisation dynamic. With ISUOG Outreach growing, it was time to hear from our most important audience on  the future of Outreach- you!

This year’s theme for the Outreach Workshop during the 25th World Congress in Montréal was ‘Have your say!’. A passionate and dynamic group gathered as ISUOG’s International Development Officer, Gesù Antonio Báez, introduced the concept to them, with an emphasis on how their views and opinions mattered in this session. “We want to hear from you,” he said, “so tell us where you think we should go”.


International Development Officer, Gesu Antonio Baez, going over the plan for the workshop (Image courtesy of Erika Rosenbaum)

The audience was broken into four groups occupying four hub spaces, with each tackling a topic for discussion to see where ISUOG Outreach could expand and improve. The 2015 Ian Donald Gold Medal Winner, Torvid Kiserud (Norway) and Titia Cohen-Overbeek (the Netherlands) led discussions on how to make the most of our partnerships and identifying “friends in the right places” in order to increase impact and promote a sustainable output for projects. Alfred Abuhamad (USA) and Ann Tabor (Denmark) instead brainstormed with their group on developing an ideal template for basic training in an outreach program, while Helen Feltovitch (USA) and Sturla Eik-Nes (Norway) delved further with their group on trying to find out what role ISUOG had with technology in low resource settings.

An interesting concept out of all the groups was the “mind mapping” session. Led by Outreach Chair Tony Johnson (USA) and John Hyett (Australia), the group was engaged in trying to map out on a large whiteboard the clinical pathways that needed to be identified before an Outreach program took place.


Outreach Chair Dr. Tony Johnson (USA) standing with ISUOG’s Education Development Manager, Megan Chard, as they work on the MindMap with the group (Image courtesy of Erika Rosenbaum)

“It felt engaging and I was very motivated by the workshop because it made us feel part of the process.,” said one attendee, “. I’ll totally attend another one!”

The key to ISUOG’s success is teamwork; from the discussions of the Outreach committee to the work of our volunteers on the field, team effort is essential to ISUOG Outreach and therefore it was only natural to work as one in order to generate and develop ideas for taking the program to the next phase. Outreach is growing and still has a long way to go, but together with our supporters, we can achieve our goals and fulfil our mission in improving women’s health.


Teamwork! Group 1 brainstorming around the mind map (Image courtesy of Erika Rosenbaum)

Success down under! ISUOG Outreach returns to Australia

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Dr. Nayana Parange (right)  beaming a smile as she trains a trainee on a simulator

Another amazing job! ISUOG Outreach has recently supported another outreach workshop in Australia, this time in Whyalla (South Australia). Led once again by Outreach Volunteer Dr. Nayana Parange, the workshop was delivered in June 2015 and was the response to the Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation Plan UniSA, which allowed Nayana and her team to develop and deliver an ultrasound outreach workshop addressed towards ‘closing the gap’ to improve perinatal mortality and morbidity in the Australian Aboriginal communities through quality basic obstetric and gynecological ultrasound training.

The key purpose of the Outreach workshop was to provide ultrasound training to midwives and doctors working in the remote and indigenous communities in South Australia, so that they could provide basic ultrasound services to patients who would otherwise have no access to ultrasound services.

The workshop was modeled along the lines of the first workshop conducted last year in Darwin (Northern Territory). It included theoretical lectures as well as practical sessions, where the participants obtained hands-on training with simulators as well as real patients. The faculty and tutors included Dr Nayana Parange ( UniSA), Dr Karen Shand (Ob Gyn and Sonologist : Flinders Medical Centre), Dr Annie Thomas ( Ob Gyn Whyalla), Ms Brooke Osborne (UniSA)  and Ms Sarah Williams (Jones and Partners).


all tutors Brooke Osborne Sarah Williams Annie Thomas in the centre Karen Nayana (2)

The Australia Outreach team (Brooke Osborne, Sarah Williams, Annie Thomas, Karen Shand, and Nayana Parange)


The workshop was a success with 11 midwives and 2 GPs practicing in remotes parts of South Adelaide and Northern Territory. The trainees were very enthusiastic and particularly enjoyed the interactive nature of the workshop. Vicki Coulis, a participant from Wudinna Hospital said “Fabulous workshop, very helpful and will help me at point of care for Obstetrics and Gynecologic patients.”

The workshop was such a success that the Whyalla News (regional newspaper) ran a story it (to read it, click here)!

Given the success of these workshops, Dr. Parange and her team are definitely looking to plan another one in the near distant future – and we’ll naturally keep you informed!

ISUOG Outreach returns to Australia

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(image courtesy of Nayana Parange)

ISUOG Outreach is delighted to be supporting an Outreach workshop, in partnership with ASUM from 18-19 June in Whyalla, South Australia. The workshop, led by ISUOG Outreach volunteer Nayana Parange, will aim to train 14 midwives on basic ultrasound in OB/GYN. With high levels of maternal mortality within the aboriginal communities of Australia, these midwives are intended to work in these communities with their newly acquired skills to provide quality care locally. Stay tuned for more information post-event as the weeks progress!

Off to the land down under: ISUOG Outreach in Australia

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ISUOG Outreach is off and rolling again! This time, we’re pleased to support a workshop taking place in Darwin (Northern Territory), Australia this week from Friday, 24 October to Monday, 27 October 2014.

This workshop will be led by ISUOG Outreach volunteers Nayana Parange and Sujatha Thomas and will be done in partnership with the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).

The workshop will offer 21 midwives and general practitioners basic training skills in OB/GYN ultrasound as these practitioners will later be bringing their newly learned skills to the underserved aboriginal communities in Northern Western Australia.

The Australian aboriginal community is among the most underserved in the continent, with many lacking basic health needs such as proper prenatal health care. Training these practitioners and bringing them to the communities will help to combat the high levels of maternal and neonatal mortality levels in the region.

Stay tuned for more updates as this workshop happens, including guest blogs from the Workshop organiser, Nayana Parange!

A workshop to inspire: Outreach Workshop at the ISUOG World Congress in Barcelona



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.