2012 ASCO Annual Meeting-Chicago/USA

2012 ASCO Annual Meeting-Chicago/USA
Award IDEA recipients and the chairman of IDEA program, ASCO

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

Colposcopy in DRC, now possible

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).