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.
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,
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.