This page provides information about the Essential Gynaecological Skills (EGS) course.
There is a significant need to reduce global maternal and newborn mortality in low-resource countries. There has been large investment in training programmes and projects to equip health workers to be able to spot emergency obstetric situations early and provide high-quality care for women and babies.
However, the prevalence of gynaecological disease has received much less attention and investment despite having a significant impact on women’s wellbeing, lowering quality of life and adversely affecting socioeconomic status. The EGS course aims to address this imbalance.
The EGS course
The EGS course for healthcare professionals in low and middile income countries focuses on conditions that contribute the greatest burden to women’s wellbeing and which are amenable to intervention within the resources of the local healthcare infrastructure.
This course is aimed at non-specialists such as nurses (with approximately 2–4 years’ additional training), clinical officers, assistant medical officers, junior medical officers and newly qualified doctors. The course will have a train-the-trainer design, which will help increase skills among health workers and ensure a sustainable approach to skill sharing.
The project so far
The first three international pilots of the Essential Gynaecological Skills (EGS) course were completed in 2016.