Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (IOG), RCPI + East, Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The 14 countries in the East, Central, Southern Africa (ECSA)-College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (COG) Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe share a disproportionate burden of reproductive health and rights adversity with high maternal mortality, infant mortality and (modelled) stillbirth rates. This gender inequality is targeted in the Irish Aid “A Better World” priority sustainable development goal.

The aim of this partnership is to improve specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist in-training to population ratio in both partner countries/regions, and the exploration and testing of other human resource solutions and hospital strengthening indicators to include task-shifting and examination of the extended role of midwifery.

Longer term outcomes:
Increased number/productivity of Specialist Obstetrics/Gynaecology professionals serving the under-served populations of the ECSA region and Ireland. Sustainable improvement in Obstetric and Gynaecology Key Performance service delivery indicators- maternal mortality reduction, perinatal mortality reduction, improvement in met need for family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.