Outreach in Ethiopia

February 19, 2018

ghebre1It's been a year of grow in the development of gynecologic oncology care in Ethiopia. The picture below shows our group as we celebrate our collective accomplishments in the past year.

1. Our Fellows attended the AORTIC meeting in November with the support of our international partner, IGCS (International Gynecologic Cancer Society). 

2. Thanks to the collaborative partnership of CIRHT at the University of Michigan, ESOG, ACOG, and the AGO (German Society of Gynecologic Oncology), the gynecology oncology CME at ESOG 2018 was a great learning experience for our fellows and our gynecology partners in Ethiopia. 

3. AGO continues to support the learning of our fellows and collaboratively we conducted a certification exam of our fellows with two of our senior fellows successfully completing the oral examination. (Dr. Tadios Asres and Dr. Tadesse Urgie). 

4. A working meeting was conducted on Feb. 5th in Addis Ababa to initiate the plans for expansion of gynecologic oncology training. 

In the coming year, we are looking to increase access to chemotherapy and palliative care. We thank the American Cancer Society for their support on this aspect. In addition, we are actively preparing to take our senior fellows through the examination to be conducted by IGCS. 

I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement as we move to providing the highest level of cancer care to women across Ethiopia. 

Kind regards, 

Rahel Ghebre, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Minnesota
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director, SPHMMC, Ethiopia
Visiting Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Health for Human Resources, Rwanda

August 24, 2016

ghebre2I returned to Rwanda after a busy summer. I spent the early part of the summer working with two highly motivated and skilled fellows in Ethiopia. I am now working to organize my ideas about how to best integrate any possible help our Division can provide. The fellows I worked with in Ethiopia are now running their own oncology clinic and I am working to put into place as many treatment protocols as possible. We have to adapt many protocols to accommodate the resources available. I miss all of my partners and believe all your skills are highly needed here.

In 2015 we started a neo-adjuvant cervix protocol and this resulted in significant increases in the volume of patients eligible for radical hysterectomy. I suspect I will be doing a lot of hysterectomies this upcoming year.

The picture above is me with the two fellows I worked with in Ethiopia and our German collaborator at St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College.

Dr. Sue Petzel is coming to help me in Rwanda for a few weeks this fall and I hope more of you will have the chance to visit.