The CureCervicalCancer team (led by Dr. Patricia Gordon MD-Harvard/UCLA, Lirona Katzir MD-UCLA, and Mamta Singhvi MD-UCLA) is packed and set to return to Ethiopia in April 2015! We will establish four CCC “See and Treat” programs and train 24 local healthcare providers. Our trainees will become experts in the “See and Treat” procedure and learn how to properly operate these fully sustainable clinics. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death for women and is considered of epidemic proportions in this area. This disease is Pervasive, Fatal, and entirely Preventable.
Per invitation from the Vice Provost, Eyoel Berhan, the main clinic program will be set up at St. Paul’s Hospital, Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC)- the only medical college in the country that is owned and supported by the leadership and financial support of the Minister of Health. Located in Addis Ababa, this clinic will serve to treat thousands of impoverished, urban women who are fighting day and night to find healthcare in an overpopulated city (of over 3 million people!) with a wide income gap. In addition to the main clinic at SPHMMC, we will also open three satellite clinics in the Addis Ababa region at the Folege Meles Health Center, Kolfe Health Center, and Alert Hospital. CureCervicalCancer looks forward serving this region for years to come!
Pictured above is the pack-day we held at Dr. Gordon’s home, where CCC’s entire inventory is stored in her garage. CCC Ethiopia team members met Tuesday March 3rd to meet, greet, and pack all the supplies we will donate to our ground partners in Ethiopia. With our highly efficient model, one suitcase supplies an entire clinic! Members of the CCC Ethiopia team include Executive Director and Chairman of the Board Patricia Gordon MD, Board Member Judy Carmel, Lirona Katzir MD, Mamta Singhvi MD, philanthropist DeeDee Dorskind, photojournalist Donna Stellini, Elsa Miramontes RN, coordinators Stephen Morris and Yvonne Nong, and volunteer Bradley Neutel.