About the Mozambique Program

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths among women in Mozambique, where it represents 32% of new cancers diagnosed in women. These high rates are primarily due to a lack of access to screening programs, limited public education, and a limited number of health care providers trained to diagnose and treat pre-invasive cervical disease.

In 2014, by invitation from the First Lady of Mozambique, MD Anderson, in collaboration with three Sister Institutions in Brazil (Barretos Cancer Hospital, Albert Einstein Hospital and A.C. Camargo Cancer Center), began working with physicians in Mozambique and the Ministry of Health with the goal of establishing comprehensive training programs for cervical, breast, head & neck and hematology related cancers.

The IGCS Oncology Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program is being implemented at Hospital Central de Maputo in Mozambique in collaboration with gynecologic oncologists from MD Anderson and Barretos Cancer Hospital that have been part of the collaboration since its inception.


Dr. Dercia Idite Changule is a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Central Hospital of Maputo in Mozambique. She completed her basic medical training in 2009 from Smolensk State Medical University in Russia. Dr. Changule chose to participate in the IGCS Oncology Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program to share the knowledge she learns from experts in gynecologic oncology to help women in Mozambique combat gynecologic cancer.

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International Mentors

Dr. Kathleen Schmeler is the Chair of the IGCS Education Committee. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Schmeler is the Director of the MD Anderson and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital colposcopy clinics where she treats women with pre-invasive cervical, vulvar and vaginal disease.

Dr. Georgia Fontes Cintra
is a Medical Assistant at Barretos Cancer Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Cintra is a Co-Chair of the IGCS Education Committee.

Dr. Renato Moretti Marques is a gynecologic oncologist at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Marques completed in residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003 and a Fellowship in Gynecology Oncology and Gynecological Surgery in 2004 from Federal University of São Paulo (EPM / UNIFESP). He currently teaches and participates in training programs in Gynecological Cancer and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery).

Dr. Mila Pontremoli Salcedo is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil (UFCSPA). She serves as the Chair and Director of Gynecology at Santa Casa Hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Salcedo specializes in colposcopy and cervical pathology and is the Director of the Colposcopy Clinic at Santa Casa Hospital and the Managing Director of SOGIRGS (the Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Rio Grande do Sul State/Brazil). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology/RS (ABPTGIC/RS) and  a member of the National Committee of the Lower Genital Tract Disease in Brazil. Dr. Salcedo serves as a board examiner for the National Committee of Obstetrics and Gynecology for board certification in Brazil.

Dr. Salcedo’s primary research interests are in HPV and cervical cancer prevention. She is currently spending one year as a Visiting Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she will be performing research related to cervical and vulvar cancer prevention and treatment. Dr. Salcedo is the co-director of colposcopy and LEEP training courses in Mozambique and other low-resource settings.

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