Enawgaw Mehari, M.D.
Founder and President
People to People, Inc.
Mathiwos Wondu Ye-Ethiopia Cancer Society, Ministry of Health , Black Lion Hospital faculty of Medicine and People to People celebrated World Cancer Day on February 4 th,2019 at Intercontinental Hotel. Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. It has been noted that more people die in the world in cancer than HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria combined. Studies show the greatest impact of cancer is in low income countries, like Ethiopia. The Charter of Paris designated February 4 each year as World cancer day. The goal is to increase awareness of cancer and provide unbiased information to the people how to prevent, detect and treat. Risk modification is part of the preventive measures of cancer. It is cheap and more effective than actual cancer treatment. Most patients show up to the doctor for the first time at stage IV, which is already metastasized. The truth is most types of cancers are curable if detected early and managed properly. The primary goal of the World Cancer day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer. In Ethiopia there is massive misconception, stigma, misconception and lack of infrastructure to diagnose and treat cancer. The country does not have comprehensive cancer care center.
People to people, Mathiwos Wondu and BLH team up together to help establish state of the art cancer center at Black Lion Hospital with man power training in the form of fellowship. It is a hospital historically established by the contribution of the Ethiopian people. We believe this generation can do the same and find our own indigenous solution instead of waiting for others to come and do it. It is a symbol of pride when Ethiopians get their treatment there at home, families at their side by doctors who understands their language and culture. People to People delegates comprised 10 experts led by Dr. Kebede Begna from Mayo Clinic, a world class expert in hematology- oncology and Dr. Anteneh Habte from Virginia top expert in Palliative Care. Dr. Electron Kebebew a distinguished professor from Stanford university was the keynote speaker on various topics of the cancer including research and diagnosis. Dr.Dimitri gave a grand round lecture at Black Lion Faculty of Medicine about imaging and mammogram. Whether mammogram is needed in Ethiopia generated a heated debate among the participants and experts in the field. Dr. Enawgaw Mehari, besides participating at the World Cancer day also visited Bahir Dar University and Debre Markos University (DMU). He gave a lecture about Ethiopian Medical History at DMU. He argues the medical history of the country needs to be incorporated in the medical education curriculum. A manual has been published by p2p and distributed to many universities in the country including Ministry of health.
Second Annual Symposium on Cancer and Cancer Care in Ethiopia, Feb 2-8, 2019 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hosts: People to People (P2P) Tikur Anbessa Hospital, Mathiwos Wondu Yethiopia Cancer Society (MWECS)
Date: February 2-6, 2019
Target Audience: physicians, allied health professionals, trainees (students/residents/fellows), policy makers/advocates
|Feb 2/2019 (Saturday)
|Gala Dinner to honor 2018 P2P Award Recipients and support the Comprehensive Cancer Care Center (CCCC) Initiative MC/Moderators: Anteneh Habte, MD, Tewodros Gessesse, Keith Parnell, JD||Intercontinental Hotel|
|Walk for Life: 5K walk/run to support the CCCC
|14:00-15:00||Oncology Roundtable; Panel discussion on Cancer and Cancer Care (to be broadcast on ART-TV)
Moderator: Anteneh Habte, MD
|19:00-22:00||Cancer Care Professionals Networking Dinner
MC/Moderator: Kebede Hussein, MD; Nuhamin Tekle, MD
Monday 8:00-1:00 PM
Cancer and Cancer Care in Ethiopia; Progress to date and Way Forward
(please see separate full agenda)
|2:30-4:00 PM||Workshop in Grant Writing and Identifying Funding Agencies and Collaborating Institutions
Faculty: Electron Kebebew, MD
Kebede Begna, MD
|Second Annual CME : Cancer and Cancer Care in Ethiopia (in resource mal-aligned countries)
Moderator: Dr. Mathios
|Tikur Anbessa Hospital (TAH)|
|8:00-8:15||The continuing case for a comprehensive cancer care center at TAH
Speaker: Dawit Wondemagegn, MD
|8:15-9:00||Primary and Secondary Prevention for Selected Cancers: the low hanging fruit
Speaker: Tikur Anbessa Hospital Oncology
|9:00-9:45||Mammography: Diagnosis and Interpretation
Speaker: Dimitri Misalidis, MD
|9:45-10:30||From community to individualized/targeted therapy: an achievable goal in resource mal-aligned countries?
Speaker: Kebede Begna, MD
|11:00-12:00||Panel Discussion: All Speakers||TAH|
|12:30-1:30||Lunch Break (Working)
Controversies over screening mammography: appropriate use in resource limited countries.
Cons: Dr. Edom Seifu
Pros: Dr. Kebede Begna
|1:30-2:00 PM||Panel discussion|
|2:00-2:30 PM||Cardiac Toxicity and Cancer Treatment; First Do No Harm
Speaker: Micheas Zemedkun, MD
|3:00-5:00 PM||Strategy Session on the proposed Comprehensive Cancer Care Center (CCCC); Where do we go from here?
All stakeholders including TAH, P2P, MoH and MWECS
|Bedside Teaching Rounds by Visiting Faculty in collaboration with TAH faculty||TAH|
|12:00-13:00||Grand Rounds: Primer in Oncology: Individualized and Targeted Therapy
Speaker: Kebede Begna, MD
World Cancer Day Commemoration Organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with People to People & Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society. Program & Agenda.
4 Monday February ,2019
Intercontinental Addis Hotel
|8:30-9:00AM||Registration||MWECS||Professor Abreham Haileamlak|
|9:00-9:05AM||Welcoming speech||W/o Hiwot,Director,Diseases Prevention & Control Directorate|
|9:05-9:10AM||Welcoming address||Dr. Dawit Wondimagegn, Chief Executive Director, Health Sciences College, AAU|
|9:10-9:15AM||Welcoming address.||Dr. Enawgaw Mehari,MD;Founder and President of p2p|
|9:15-9:25AM||Official Opening||Dr. Amir Aman, Minister of Health|
|9:25-9:35AM||Official Opening||H.E.Mrs Roman Tesfaye, former First Lady of Ethiopia & Chairperson of National Cancer Committee.|
|9:40-9:55AM||Key findings of the National NCDI Commission.||Dr Wubaye Walelgne-NCDI Ethiopia Commission Secretary.|
|9:55-10:10AM||Update on proclamation on tobacco, alcohol etc.||Ato Dereje Moges
|10:10-10:30AM||World Cancer Day Commemoration, Progress being made to develop & implement NCCP & NCCCP||Dr. Kunuz Abdella, Technical Advisor –Prevention and Control of Cancer, FMoH|
|10:30-11:00AM||Discussion||Professor Abreham Haileamlak|
|11:15-11:35AM||Video of selected voices of cancer patients||FMoH||Dr. Yirgu Geberehiwot;Medical Director,Tikur Anbessa Hospital|
|11:35-11:50AM||Integrating cancer care with research: how to proceed.||Dr.Electron Kebebew,MD|
|11:50-12:00PM||Cancer treatment for all & selection of champions||Wondu Bekele
|12:00-12:15AM||Comprehensive cancer center||Dr. Kebede Begna|
|12:15-12:45PM||Discussion.||Dr. Yirgu Geberehiwot|
|12:45-12:50PM||Closing remark||Dr.Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Health|
Dr. Enawgaw gave a lecture at Debremarkos University on the history of medicine in Ethiopia.