Our Work at Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital

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Our Work at Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital

“When we want to judge the greatness of a civilization, we must not look at the dwellings of the rich, but the hospices for the poor “ 

Over the past 21 months (ending December 30,2018) the following initiatives have been accomplished at the Biamba Marie Mutombo (BMMH) hospital led by Dr. Groesbeck Parham and includes Dr. Michael Hicks and Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman (all U.S. trained board-certified surgeons).

(1)  Trained a local Congolese professional workforce (2 breast cancer surgeons; 2 gynecologic cancer surgeons; 3 nurses) to provide cervical and breast cancer early detection services and complex, state-of-the art surgical oncology procedures.

(2)  Established two new women’s cancer specialty clinics for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer – 1,811 women screened for breast cancer; 18,427 screened for cervical cancer

(3)  Established two new surgical units for the modern treatment of breast and cervical cancer

(4)  Designed and implemented a “screen and treat’ cervical cancer prevention outreach program2,075 women screened for cervical pre-cancer

(5)  Implemented professional educational exchange programs between BMMH and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, and the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock

  • Congolese professional staff from BMMH attended the following hands-on educational seminars:

“Safe and effective administration of chemotherapy for breast and

gynecologic malignancies” (4 weeks) – University Teaching

Hospital in Lusaka – 2 doctors

“Modern methods of diagnosing and managing breast

cancer” (4weeks) – University of Arkansas School of Medicine in

Little Rock – 1 general surgeon

– “Early detection and treatment of pre-invasive cancer of the cervix

in resource-constrained environments” (4 weeks) – University

Teaching Hospital in Lusaka – 2 doctors, 3 nurses

(6)  Launched a surgical tele mentoring program

(7)  Established a women’s oncology database

(8)  Designed culturally-appropriate health education literature on cervical and breast cancer

(9)  Developed interactive e-learning courses on the following subjects: Click on  https://smu.box.com/s/ragjtciiaxuwpeybkapr0g0r8rx9f541then go to Master Document with Course Links

  • Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
  • Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Treatment
  • Leadership Essentials

(10) Used web-based Zoom videoconferencing to facilitate continuing education and to develop an international women’s oncology community of practice, consisting of healthcare professionals from the DRC, Zambia and the U.S.

(11)  Established protocols and pricing with private sector pathology services, including immunohistochemistry for breast cancer

(12)  Trained a local Congolese professional workforce (2 doctors, 2 nurses) to safely and effectively administer chemotherapy for breast and gynecologic malignancies

(13) Established a Chemotherapy Infusion Unit targeting breast and gynecologic malignancies

In summary, under the auspices of the newly created DRC Women’s Oncology Institute for the first-time women in the DRC have been able to access the following cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services:

Cervical cancer

  • 20,000 screened for cervical cancer
  • 1,000 treated for cervical pre-cancer
  • 26 treated surgically for invasive cervical cancer

Breast cancer

  • 1,800 women screened
  • 457 evaluated with ultrasound
  • 98 women treated with surgery for breast cancer


Chemotherapy agents were successfully procured

March  4- 9th – Dr. Groesbeck Parham and his oncology team conducted a cervical cancer screening mobile outreach camp in the district of Kimbondo outside the capital city of Kinshasa. Number of women screened = 684.  From July 2016 to March 2018 at total of 16,179 women have been screened by Dr. Parham, his Zambian team and the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital medical staff.  


Dr. Michael Hicks (L), gynecologic oncologist from Detroit, Michigan, and Dr. Alex Mutombo (R) from Kinshasa, DRC, performing the first radical hysterectomy ever at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa on a woman recently diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer during a cervical cancer screening program sponsored by the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and supported by UNFPA.
About Cervical Cancer:
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, and the seventh overall, with an estimated 528,000 new cases in 2012. The large majority (85%) of the global burden occurs in less developed regions where it accounts for almost 12% of all female cancers. High-risk regions, with estimated ASRs over 30 per 100,000, include Eastern Africa (42.7), Melanesia (33.3), Southern (31.5) and Middle (30.6) Africa, the latter of which includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). DRC has a population of 69,575, and of those 34,969 are women and 21 million women are age 15 years and older and thus at risk of developing cervical cancer.