dimanche 30 novembre 2014
After the CDC Meeting on Wednesday March 26, 2014, a mentorship program was built between Dr Lisa Flowers, professor at Emory University School of Medicine (mentor) and Dr Mateus, doctor at Hope Medical Center and Agir Ensemble (mentee) to allow the Emory University serving as US Collaborator for research grants programs issued the NIH. A visit of 2 days (Thursday March 27 and Friday March 28, 2014) was held to allow Dr Mateus increasing his skills in Colposcopy and to be more familiar with the Emory University Colposcopy Clinic environment. On Wednesday March 26, after noon, a contact visit was organized for a brief meeting between Dr Lisa Flowers (Emory), Dr Makeda Williams (NCI) and Dr Mateus Sahani (Hope Medical Center/Agir Ensemble). On Thursday March 27, 2014 Dr Mateus assisted to many cases of Colposcopy at the Emory Grady Campus and visited the laboratory department for biopsy analysis and HPV testing machine. On Friday March 28, 2014 Dr Mateus assisted and learnt how to use many kinds of colposcopes with laptop for monitoring and taking images. For the visit, Dr Mateus was accompanied by his mentor, Dr Lisa Flowers from the Emory University, School of Medicine. We sincerely thank all people who were involved for the success of our visit, especially Dr Ted Trimble (NCI), Dr Makeda Williams (NCI), Dr Lisa Flowers (Emory University), etc.
After the SGO Annual Meeting in Tampa/FL, another meeting was held in Atlanta/Georgia-USA to allow Dr Mateus meeting with some people at CDC headquarter and can help building partnership to sustain the cervical cancer prevention program in Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Mateus met with many people on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at different time and different places in the headquarter’s office. From 11:00 to 12:00, Dr Mateus did a presentation on cervical cancer situation in Democratic Republic of Congo, the leadership role that Agir Ensemble and Hope Medical Center are undertaking to initiate the program in the country, the way to change things, the way help DRC and specified what are the main challenges and how to overcome them. For the visit, Dr Mateus was accompanied by his mentor, Dr Makeda Williams from the NCI, Center for Global Health and the visit was directed by Jeff Glen from CDC. We sincerely thank all people who were involved for the success of our visit, especially Dr Ted Trimble (NCI), Dr Makeda Williams (NCI), Jeff Glen (CDC), Jackie Miller (CDC), etc. The agenda of Dr Mateus’s visit at CDC is detailed below: Dr. Mateus Sahani visit to CDC Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 Agenda POC: Jeff Glen, 801-550-2142 8:15 – 9:00 am Travel and entry to CDC Chamblee Campus 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341 9:00 – 10:00 am Meeting with DCPC National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program • Jackie Miller, Medical Officer Chamblee Campus, Bldg 107, Room 4D 10:00 – 11:00 am Meeting with DCPC HPV Workgroup Chamblee Campus, Bldg 107 , Room 1A 11:00 – 12:00 pm Presentation Chamblee Campus, Bldg 107, Room 1A 12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Travel and entry to CDC Roybal Campus 1600 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30333 1:00 – 1:30 pm Meeting with Global Immunization Division • Ben Dahl, Epidemiologist Roybal Campus, Bldg 19, Room 246 1:30 – 3:00 pm Meeting with CDC HPV laboratory • Beth Unger, Director Roybal Campus, Bldg 23, 4th Floor 3:00 – 4:00 pm Tour of CDC Museum Roybal Campus After the different meetings, a tour was organized to visit the CDC Museum with Jeff Glen and Makeda Williams.
The SGO (Society of Gynecologic Oncology) 2014 Annual Meeting was held in Tampa/Florida-USA from March 21-26, 2014 and Agir Ensemble/DRC was represented by Dr Mateus K. Sahani with an oral presentation related to colposcopy, a young service in DRC initiated at Hope Medical Center in Goma city. The attendance to this valuable meeting was supported by the U.S. NCI (National Cancer Institute), Center for Global Health and the SGO (Society of Gynecologic Oncology) and we would like to sincerely thank these organizations for their support which allowed us attending the meeting and present our work. It was found that women who are totally healthy don’t come to colposcopy clinic because they are not aware of the program and they are not committed to pay for a service while not having any clinical sign that motivate them to consult the doctor/colposcopist. The abstract presented is below: Background and justification: Cervical cancer is a major public health issue worldwide and particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo it is the first cause of death by cancer. Our colposcopy unit is too young (only 6 months of existence) and is the only one colposcopy center in the country. No woman could get access to cervical cancer screening before in whole the country and almost all women and other people don’t know much about cervical cancer screening. This study has objectives to inform more health professionals in our community and more donors and funders worldwide of the reasons of challenges for SVA for colposcopy in Goma. Method: We are performing cervical cancer screening at Hope Medical Center (HMC) and we have analyzed the feasibility of single visit approach for colposcopy during the screening. This is a descriptive and analytic study with data found from the screening procedure reports at HMC. Statistical test like comparison of percentages has been applied to analyze our data. From these 6 months we have screened 115 women, n=115. We have used EPI-INFO 6 software to analyze our data. Results: According to the age: Age: 20-30 31-40 41-50 >50 Total Number: 40 52 18 5 115 Percentage: 34.78% 45.22% 15.65% 4.35% 100% When we compare these different percentages, there a significant difference and this means that there more women with precancerous lesions in the age group of 31-40 years old. Among 115 women screened, we have found 31 (26.95%) women with precancer and 84 (73.04%) women with negative result. WHO has an estimate of 20.3%as reference cervical cancer prevalence in Democratic Republic of Congo. When we compare these 2 proportions, we find that the difference is not statistically significant. This to say that cervical cancer situation in this local community is the same as what was expected by WHO (X2 = 3.15 and p = 0.075972). Among the 31 women with positive results, 9 (29.03%) have CIN I, 17 (54.84%) have CIN II and 5 (16.13%) have CIN III. Those with CIN II and CIN III require treatment by excision (22 women). Among the 22 women who require treatment, all of them didn’t accept to be treated at the first visit for many reasons: 1. To talk first with the husband before being treated: 7 (31.82%) 2. To look for money for the treatment: 13 (59.09%) 3. Need to think about it before accepting to be treated: 2 (9.09%) When we compare these 3 proportions, we find that the difference is statistically significant and this means that more women are not ready to be treated at the first visit because of missing money for the treatment (X2 = 12.41; p = 0.002020). Conclusions: Almost all women are not ready to be treated at the first visit because of missing money (1st cause), involve the husband to the decision (2nd cause) and need to be convinced to accept treatment (3rd cause). It is very important that colposcopy program in Low and Middle Income Countries get financial supports from committed donors and funders to overcome the big challenge.
mardi 21 janvier 2014
Dr Mateus from Agir Ensemble/Hope Medical Center has attended the AORTIC 2013 Conference to presente the abstract below: Author(s): Dr Mateus Kambale Sahani1,2, Dr Roger P. Hamuli2, Mr Désiré Tshombe2 Institute(s):1Health Department, AGIR ENSEMBLE, 2Hope Medical Center-GOMA, The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Background and justification Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in DRC and the first cause of death by cancer in the country. As the service is not available in almost whole the country, people are not aware of it and arrive at the hospital at the very advanced stage of the disease. Methodology We have initiated a colposcopy center in Goma city, east of the country which is the first in this part and we have proceeded to raising awareness to let women being informed of the relevance of this service. This study is prospective and descriptive for 52 women screened at Hope Medical Center (n = 52). The women screened have age between 25 to 45 years old. Results In 2 months (August and September), we have screened 52 women among them 1 has advanced cervical cancer (1.92%), 3 have carcinoma in situ (5.77%), 3 have LSIL (5.77%) and 5 have HSIL (9.62%) and 40 have negative results (76.92%). Among all the women screened, only 10 were totaly healthy (19.23%), 42 consulted because they had one or more signs and symptoms (80.77%). When we compare these percentages, we find that the difference is statistically significant; X2 =39.38 and p = 0.000001. This means that more women come to colposcopy when there is an alarm sign. The most common sign that alarm women for colposcopy is hypogastric and lower back pain (29/42, 69.05%) and the second is dysparenia (8/42, 19.05%) ; other signs (5 people, 11.90%). When we compare these percentages, we find that the difference is statistically significant; X2 =36.64 and p = 0.000001. This means that the most sign that motivate women to come to colposcopy is hypogastric and lower back pain. All women screened positive with CIN have accepted to be treated. This means that when women are aware of their health status regarding cervical cancer/precancer, they are adherent to colposcopy program. Conclusion Awareness program is important for adherence of women to colposcopy program, we should publish a list of warning signs to allow women coming to colposcopy clinic very early. Colposcopy will allow women to be diagnosed very early.
lundi 20 janvier 2014
Agir Ensemble has been honored by the award offered to its director of health department, Dr Mateus Kambale Sahani, by the University of Chicago/USA to attend the AORTIC 2013 conference and the ACLI program in Durban/Africa. There were 12 ACLI recipients from different countries in Africa among which 1 francophone country, Democratic Republic of Congo, represented by, Dr Mateus of Agir Ensemble. ACLI is the African Cancer Leaders Institute and has the aims to develop and improve leadership for young oncologists in Africa The selection was very competitive and only the best could be selected. For this first class, 67 applications were submitted and only 12 were selected. A number of mentors were appointed for the recipients and this award allows recipients to remain in permanent contact with their mentors and develop a long friendship and their career in oncology. This to say it is just a beginning and many things are coming in the future. Career development in this field, especially in our country, needs efforts from every one, stakeholders and political commitments. Many topics have been developed at the conference among them how to disseminate skills gained and how to improve program in the respective countries. At the end of the ACLI Meeting certificates were awarded to the 12 members. A lot of things have been learnt and it can be useful for people in Democratic Republic of Congo. Six African countries represented by 12 oncologists have attended the program activities. The delegates were from the following countries: 1. Nigeria: 5 delegates 2. D.R.Congo: 1 delegate 3. Kenya: 2 delegates 4. Zambia: 1 delegate 5. Ghana: 1 delegate 6. South Africa: 2 delegates Done in Goma, January 20, 2014. Mateus Kambale Sahani, M.D. Agir Ensemble/Health Department/Hope Medical Center Goma-D.R.Congo, Tel: +243-998625635/+250-788884503, Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, Blog: http://agirensemblerdc.blogspot.com
jeudi 10 octobre 2013
AGIR ENSEMBLE/HOPE MEDICAL CENTER: GLOBE ATHON EVENT IN GOMA On October 5, 2013 Agir Ensemble has hold the Globe-athon event which consists of a 2 hours meeting with women who brought kids at vaccination at Virunga Health Center and cervical cancer screening for 20 women free of charge at Hope Medical Center. The objectives of the event were: 1. To gather 40 women for the meeting 2. To get commitment of proceeding to BSE of 90% of attendees 3. To do cervical cancer screening for 20 women free of charge at Hope Medical center. We have gathered 53 women at Virunga health center and we taught them how to do Breast Self Examination (BSE) for breast cancer early detection. Almost all women (51) found this information very important for their life and have committed to proceed to the BSE every day and to consult doctor for any change to their breasts. All attendees (53) committed to leverage the message to their friend. After this meeting we went to the Hope Medical Center and we got a round table with 10 women before beginning the cervical cancer screening. During this round table we explained to women the relevance of colposcopy to prevent cervical cancer screening and all of them committed to spread the message to their friends. Then we begun colposcopy and other women arrived progressively during the day and in total we screened 18 women among them: 15 had negative results (83.33%), 1 has LSIL (5.56%) and 2 have HSIL (11.11%). Indicators of success: 1. Attendees: 53/ 40 expected => 132.5% 2. We have got commitment of 51 women/53 attendees to practice BSE in their life => 96.23% 3. All women who attended the event (100%) committed to leverage the message to their friends. 4. Screened women: 18/20 expected => 90%. This event was a valuable day to allow us raising awareness of women cancer, especially cervical cancer and breast cancer to let women know what can be done for prevention and early detection. Done in Goma, October 9, 2013. Mateus Kambale Sahani, MD Agir Ensemble/Hope Medical Center.
lundi 3 juin 2013
Agir Ensemble and its medical clinic, Hope Medical Center (HMC) is please to announce to all that it has been able to launch the Colposcopy service this month of May 2013. It is clearly known that cervical cancer is the most common cancer in prevalence and in mortality in D.R.Congo and the second one is breast cancer. For a very long period no colposcopy could be done in Congo and Agir Ensemble took this program in mind as its first priority for women of Congo. I had assisted to unnecessary deaths by cervical cancer, a fully preventable disease, in many hospitals in the country and no body could stop it happen. No one could imagine that colposcopy could be possible in this country; no one could help women getting access to this service in the country ! But we did it! We have begun this fight against cancer, especially cervical cancer and breast cancer since 2004 (there are now 11 years), a fight for a long period and we went slowly but surely towards our goal to make available prevention and early detection services for cancers. And now colposcopy is possible in D.R. Congo, city of GOMA at the east of the republic. The coloposcopy center was launched on May 2, 2013 and this there we have got 5 women attending the service among them 1 has advanced cervical, 1 has precancer (CIN) and 3 have negative results. The main challenge we have is that people in our country are not aware of what is colposcopy and what is its relevance, that is why women didn’t begin coming to this service. We have begun awareness campaign for women in the city to increase the number of people who consult for colposcopy. The second challenge is that most of them don’t have possibility of paying for their colposcopy examination and they need a service free of charge. It could be better to begin with a pilot project for a specific number of women and this could let people aware of the service and then they can pay for it while they are aware of its relevance. Personnaly, I’m very pleased and proud to be the first person to initiate colposcopy in the Democratic Republic of Congo and I’m sure that in the coming days this service will serve also other neighbor countries like Rwanda, Burundi, etc. I would like to thank greatly the IFCPCP for the training provided to me, especially prof Walter Prendiville, prof Lynnette Denny, Patrick Walker, Fidelma and others. I would like to thank also prof Walter for the donation of the colposcope and other materials. Many thanks to Mrs. Robin Glazer in New York for her contribution, many thanks also to prof Linus Chuang in New York at Mount Sinai School of Medicine for the additional training in colposcopy and mammography. The women seen here is the one who has inaugurate our colposcopy service at HOPE MEDICAL CENTER (HMC). The date of June 1, 2013 will be a historical date for me, for all the team and for our organization because it is the date that we get the first women with positive result on colposcopy (CIN) after examination of 5 women during the month. Our young service needs sustainability and strength, support, help and donations from evry one to be more effective to help women in the region. We have a long road ahead of us to let women adhere to it and to increase service utilisation indicators for colposcopy. Done in Goma, June 3, 2013. Mateus Kambale Sahani, M.D. Director of Health Department/Agir Ensemble Medical director of Hope Medical Center (HMC).