Vanga Hospital: A Hospital in a Remote Part of the Democratic Republic of Congo

For nearly a century, Vanga Hospital, located in the western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been dedicated to treating poor people. Originally founded by missionaries, it is now managed by a motivated Congolese staff. Dr Friedhelm Förster, a German pediatrician and a priest who belongs to the Brother Christian congregation, has been assigned to the hospital to care for sick children, including those suffering from cancer, especially Burkitt lymphoma (BL).

Dr Förster has been working with INCTR for several months and has been enrolling children with BL on the INCTR BL study in order to improve the treatment of children with this cancer. On December 1st 2011, he visited INCTR Headquarters in Brussels to discuss protocol patients and to receive training in the use of the study database with Melissa Adde, the Director of INCTR’s Clinical Trials Office.

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