May 19, 2019. 4th Geneva Round Table ‘Cervical Cancer: An NCD We Can Overcome’

Policy makers and implementers met at the RT meeting in Geneva to move forward the efforts to globally eliminate cervical cancer. Dr Princess Nono Simelela, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health at WHO, Professor Brendon Murphy, National Cervical Screening Program, Australia, and  Dr Sharon Kapambwe, Ministry of Health, Zambia, gave key note addresses about the efforts in their organisations regarding cervical cancer prevention. Also international organisations including Pathfinders, CHAI, PSI, FIGO, USAID, Global fund, UNITAID reported on their ongoing activities.

Prof Petignat moderating the discussion how civic societies can contribute to reach the vision of a cevcical cancer-free generation
Dr Princess Simelola updating on the WHO’s efforts to unite all in the movement to eliminate cervical cancer

April 7-10, 2019 Preparatory meetings on Cancer Cooperation between UNAM and DKFZ

H. Bussmann visited the MoHSS and the UNAM in order to prepare the Research Cooperation between UNAM, MoHSS and DKFZ. He met the honorable minister of Health Dr K. Shangula, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Peter Nyarango, as well as academics from the School of Nursing and School of Public Health (Prof Kofi Nyanfco). He also paid a visit to the Family Health Division meeting Programm Manager NCDs, Mrs C.Buys and to the Cancer Association of Namibia where he was welcomed by Rolf Hansen. Other activities included a visit of  the Katutura hospital with a meeting of Dr Flynn at Radiology department, a visit of the Windhoek Central hospital. and the Katutura health post,

Prof Azu, Dr(s) Bussmann and Flynn at Katutura Hospital, Windhoek
At Family Health Division, MoHSS, Windhoek

Apr 1-5, 2019 Mentoring visit at OBGYN department, University of Gondar.

Dr A. Denecke from Women’s Hospital, Wolfsburg, spent one week in Gondar to provide hands-on training for the gynecologists in sub-specialty oncology training. Besides sharing of experiences and honing screening skills the visit also served to maintain and upgrade colposcopic equipment. So, the light system of the existing colposcope was replaced, a camera system allowing linkage to an external monitor was installed, and mobileODT’s EVA system was introduced as a potential tool for use in VIA clinics. The colpocopy unit also received a new gynecological chair with adaptable back and leg rests which will provide basic comfort in examination both for patients and gynecologist. The chair was donated by the ZONTA Club Heidelberg.


Dr(s) Chernet, Denecke and Zelalem (RTL) at OBGYN department, University of Gondar
Dr(s) Dawit and Zelalem with mentor Dr Denecke at colposcopy unit, OBGYN, University of Gondar
Smartphone adapter for colposcope developed and donated by Prof Lellé, Münster
Gynecology chair donated by ZONTA Club Heidelberg