Hospital Central de Maputo in Mozambique
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. Elvira Luis
Dr. Magda Ribeiro
Dr. Celestina Ferreira
Dr. Edgar Sebastio
Dr. Celso Claudio Bila
Dr. Dercia Idite Changule
"Thank you very much to the whole IGCS team. I am aware that with the program many Mozambican women will be benefited, (during the training, many Mozambican women with gynecological cancer received the appropriate treatment), it is our duty to continue treat them properly.
Special thanks to Drs.: Kathleen Schmeler, Ellen Baker, Mila Pontremoli Salcedo, Geórgia Fontes Cintra, Renato Moretti, Andre Lopes and Marcelo Vieira who were engaged to train us (I am sure that we can always count with you), you trained us with professionalism and goodwill, in a country that did not even have an oncologist gynaecologist. Thank you, amazing team!”
Dr. Siro Daud
"The IGCS GC Program changed the approach of diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies in Mozambique. Our training played a key role in this change. I am happy to be part of this program."
Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
“It was a great and unique opportunity to be part of this program. I will be forever grateful to the mentors and all the staff involved ...Mozambique is now part of Gynecology Oncology team!!!”
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. Andre Lopes is a surgical oncologist at the Department of Gastroenterology, Surgery Division at Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo and at the Gynecology Department at Instituto Brasileiro de Controle do Cancer.ttee.
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 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.
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. Marcelo Vieira is located at the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Barretos Cancer Hospital, Barretos, Brazil.
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