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Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to Partner with Fulbright Academy on 2016 Global Health Summit in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Date:5/2/2013

before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009.

Mutombo noted: “We are very excited to be partnering with the Fulbright Academy in this effort to focus attention on Global Health issues specific to the DRC. I believe together we can accomplish even more in this area than each of our organizations could on its own.”

The Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital was dedicated to the memory of Dikembe Mutombo’s mother. The hospital currently has nearly 170 beds with an ultimate future capacity of 300 beds. It is the most modern facility in the country, with state of the art equipment including a newly donated CT scanner (the first in the DRC.) This general hospital has the following traditional services: primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, OB-GYN, surgical subspecialties such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology and ENT. The goal for the hospital is to provide quality care and to train a cadre of health professionals who, in turn, will continue to build capacity in the health institutions of the country. Other key initiatives include HIV testing and treatment, prevention of childhood communicable diseases such as TB and malaria.

Mutombo was awarded USA Weekend Magazine's "Most Caring Athlete Award," as well as the most generous athlete in the world by FOXSports.com. In February 2013, he was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the National Basketball Retired Player Association.

One Academy board member who is also the Executive Committee member dedicated to the Global Health Summit, Mr. Kim David Eger, noted that, “The Academy plans to partner with the DMF to involve a Fulbright focus on specific ways to prevent malaria in the DRC. Our motto is Create Collaboration & Catalyze Progress.”

Dr. Philip Rakita, Chairman of the Fulbright Academy, shared a broader
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