July 2019 – The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital (BMMH) is lacking a anatomo-pathology laboratory which means pathology specimens have to be sent out for analysis and diagnosis.
This leads to costly charges to the hospital and delays in diagnosis. Quality assurance is also a concern when this happens.
To answer our call, The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) has provided equipment for the new laboratory and a histo-pathology consultant, David Davis who traveled to the DR Congo with the Mutombo delegation in July. Mr. Davis installed the laboratory equipment and trained the lab technicians and other medical personnel. Additionally ASCP will also provide tele-pathology for consultation with U.S. pathologists and continuing training (continuous medical education [CME]) for Congolese pathologists.
BMMH has hired a well credentialed, internationally trained Congolese pathologist with an expertise in cervical cancer, who has a senior appointment in the Department of Pathology of the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), the preeminent medical institution of the DRC. Under her leadership, the BMMH Anatomo-Pathology Lab will become a leading source of prompt, reliable pathology services for the city of Kinshasa and beyond, as well as a leader in training young professionals in the field of pathology and finally in conducting research efforts to advance knowledge and the quality of care. The new lab should open before the end of 2019 or early 2020.
An ASCP partnership will bring pathology services to the DRC to help stem rapid growth of non-communicable diseases and to provide patients at the BMMH with access to rapid cancer diagnostics and appropriate care and treatment.
New histo-pathology lab scheduled to open in 2019. Lab training will be provided by ASCP histology consultants.
The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation has partnered with The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to provide patients in the DRC access to rapid cancer diagnostics and appropriate care and treatment. ASCP will bring telepathology to the Congo by building a histopathology lab at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and they have already made plans for the lab’s installation. This initiative will bring together ASCP, GE Healthcare and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to build and staff a histopathology lab in the Congo to diagnose cancer earlier, provide appropriate treatment, and establish a sustainable laboratory infrastructure in the country. ASCP, together with its coalition partners, is committing $155 million over 10 years in diagnostic services, equipment, training and technical support for the multi-site telepathology program. GE Healthcare is a premier partner and is dedicating $1.2 million dollars in equipment over a five year period. We anticipate that the histopathology lab will open in Fall 2019.