Gynecologists from Ethiopia visiting Wolfsburg and Berlin clinics in July 2019 

Establish a colposcopy clinic at OBGYN department, University of Gondar GIZ funded project (ZV 81224625) from 10 Apr 2018- 31 Okt 2021

As part of the GIZ-funded project (ZV 81224625) to establish a colposcopy unit at the OBGYN department, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, Dr Robel, stayed for 4 weeks in Wolfsburg with Prof Petry and his team, to extend his knowledge and skills in colposcopy and modern techniques to treat precancerous and early cancer lesions of the cervix. At the same time Dr Zelalem’ s colleague Dr Chernet received similar training at the MVK Fürstenfeld  with Prof A. Schneider.

Mentoring visits by German gynecologists

Between April 2019 and February 2020 4 gynecologists from Berlin, Munich and Düsseldorf visited the OBGYN department to mentor the Ethiopian colleagues in colposcopy and LEEP.

Janina Betzler 27Apr-4Mai2019

Elisabeth Maier visit 21-30Sept2019

Franca Christina Martignoni Bericht 13-20 November 2019

Monika Hampl 2-10 Feb 2020

Portable colposcopy training in Health Centers funded

VIA-enhanced digital imaging of the cervix (VIA-DC) and thermocoagulation Training nurses in 3 health centers in Gondar 01.02.2022 bis zum 31.01.2024 verlangert bis Jul2024. 

A colposcopy follow up project was awarded by the clinic partnership program to train nurses in 3 Gondar health centers in VIA-enhanced digital imaging of the cervix (VIA-DC) and thermocoagulation. As part of the project Dr Dawit Kassahun Mekonen  attended the dysplasia clinic of Prof Hampl in Cologne from 19 Nov -16 Dec 2022. A second Ethiopian gynecologist, Maseresha Dagnu Dejen, unfortunately, was refused a visum by the German embassy in Addis Adeba.

Participation at 1st International conference of Hospital Partnerships, Berlin on 14-15 October 2022

We participated with a poster and co-author of publication in the first 1st International conference of Hospital Partnerships, Berlin on 14-15 October 2022. Again, the German embassy in Addis Adeba denied a visum to our Ethiopian partner.

Neues project: HPV self sampling project in Amhara region of Ethiopia funded.

Kickoff meeting 8 March 2021

The ETiCCS initiative successfully applied for funding from the  BMZ programme which aims to foster the involvement of the private sector in areas where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. With support from Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (“Roche”), we will screen 3200 women at their homes using HPV selfsampling and follow up HPV infected women with, digitally enhanced VIA and the molecular biomarker dual stain cytology. The kick-off meeting of the project ‘Strategies to triage HPV-positive women. A community-wide, HPV-based cervical cancer screening approach in rural Ethiopia assisted by digital information technology’ took place virtually on 8 March 2021 in the presence of GIZ, Roche and the implementation partners in Gondar.

GIZ 01.10.2020 bis zum 31.10.2021 (Förderzeitraum) extended to 21.06.2022  ZV 81262346

Roche Feb2021-Dec 2023 signed 21 Oct 2021

Implementation and training workshop in Gondar, Ethiopia (24-30 Apr 2022)

Between 25-30 April 18 data collectors were trained in Gondar. The training included skills training in the  promotion of selfsampling using the Evalyn brush and the use of the ETiCCS app on tablet PCs as well training in cervical cancer awareness, protocol, research ethics and the implementation details of the household survey.

Visit of EPHI laboratory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (25 Apr 2022)

During a site visit at Ethiopian National HIV/AIDS Laboratory at the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute in Addis Abeba the opportunity of HPV DNA analysis using the cobas 4800 technology was explored and a workplan was developed.

Community data collection completed in Gondar Ethiopia (31 Jul 2022)

3200 women aged 30 to 64 years were successfully invited in their homes to participate in HPV selfsampling cervical cancer screening campaign. Samples will be analysed at the EPHI laboratory in Addis  using the cobas 4800 platform. HPV positive women will be invited for triage testing at their local clinic in Gondar.

Exisiting news, but new images: Doctoral degree awarded from University of Antwerp 21 Nov 2019

On Thursday 21 November 2019 Orang’o Elkanah Omenge, head of the Department of Reproductive Health, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, defended his doctoral thesis Novel Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment. Going Beyond VIA and Cryotherapy in Kenya before the  Doctoral committee 

(P. Van Dam and  V. Verhoeven from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences of the University of Antwerp, and the External members of the doctoral jury

Prof H. Botha, Executive Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Prof A. Kaufmann, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

Dr Omenge’s thesis was promoted by Professor Dr. JP Bogers, University of Antwerp, and Co-Promotor Professor Dr. M. von Knebel Doeberitz, Heidelberg