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Excellence in: Essential Gynaecological Skills - international pilots

This page provides information about the first three international pilots of the Essential Gynaecological Skills (EGS) course.

First pilot: Sri Lanka, June 2016

Essential Gynaecological Skills Course demonstrationThe first international pilot of the EGS project took place at the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 27 June – 1 July 2016.

A team of five UK faculty led by Dr Wijeratne and joined by a member of RCOG Global Health made the visit to Colombo for the week to deliver the training to 35 health workers (nurses and junior doctors) with the support of two local consultants and a local project coordinator.

The faculty were also supported by Dr Gamini Perera, President of SLCOG and Dr Karunaratne, Past President and Professor Senanayake the Chairman of the RCOG International Representative Committee.

During the week the faculty gave lectures and ran hands-on workshops using role play, discussion groups and practical clinical sessions to cover 10 modules of essential gynaecological care. All of the sessions were delivered using a human rights approach to teach the importance of respectful care and good communication with patients and colleagues.

The course was extremely well-received and provided excellent feedback and learning to develop the course. One delegate really summed up the strong value of the course to the delegates; he said: 

'The course focused much more on basic things, but what I realised was that often we don’t know the basic things and it is these which are so important to get right'

Course delegate

Second pilot: Nigeria, July 2016

The second international pilot was run jointly by the RCOG International Representative Committee of Nigeria and the RCOG Nigerian Liaison Group. The course was opened by Professor Sam Obi, Head of Department for Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital and then the State Commissioner for Health (Dr Sam Ngwu) welcomed the delegates and faculty.

The delegates came from across Enugu state from a range of centres including the two local teaching hospitals and the military hospital. They included nurses, midwives, medical officers and medical students. From analysis of pre- and post-test scoring, the overall level of knowledge improved significantly at the end of the course but delegates in particular highly rated the course’s focus upon cultural sensitivity

When asked what was the most important lesson learnt, there was almost a unanimous view that this was to be “non-judgemental” in managing patients with any condition.

Dr Sam Agwu, Course Director

Third pilot: Bangladesh, September 2016

Essential Gynaecological Skills International Pilot Bangladesh

In mid-September, a team of UK volunteers set out for the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) in Dhaka to jointly run the last of three international pilots with colleagues in Bangladesh. As well as BCPS, members of the RCOG International Representative Committee of Bangladesh, the O&G Society of Bangladesh joined the faculty to teach the course to nurses and midwives from around Bangladesh.

I am proud that I have attended the training and I am very grateful.

Course delegate

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