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Inès Osenge-Nyoyi Ongenda

Inès Osenge-Nyoyi Ongenda

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Inès Ongenda

DPhil Student in Women's and Reproductive Health


BMBS, University of Exeter, since 2019 

MSc Global Health and Development, University College London (UCL), 2016.

BSc Biomedicine, Lancaster University, 2015

Experience & interests

Inès is passionate about women's health and cancer care provision, intrigued about the place financial inclusion can play to improve health access and usage for women and excited about increasing access to surgical services for the under-served.

Prior to joining Oxford as a research student, Inès was reading medicine at the University of Exeter while working full time for the World Bank Service Delivery & Innovation team. There she provided technical assistance to francophone countries (Chad, Niger, Cote d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo) on matters related to their maternal, newborn, and child health's portfolio. 

Alongside her DPhil, Inès continues to work for the World Bank and currently provides technical assistance to various teams on projects related to gynaecological cancers, maternal health and infectious diseases in lower-and middle income countries.

A keen educator, Inès has held a teaching position at the University of Exeter Medical School and currently teaches at UCL Global Business School for Health. She has also been invited to deliver guest lectures, more recently at St George University of London.


The implementation of high-quality cervical cancer primary prevention (vaccination) and secondary prevention (screening) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Research work

Under the supervision of Dr Anita Makins (University of Oxford), Professor Proochista Ariana (University of Oxford) and Professor Alex Mutombo (University of Kinshasa), Inès is conducting an implementation gaps analysis for the delivery of high-quality national cervical cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The project firstly describes what cervical cancer care provision currently looks like in the country - including cost associated for both households and government. The result is then compared to international guidelines thus identifying gaps between what is and what should be. 

Secondly, using qualitative methods, the project aims to understand access & usage including barriers to both as well as perceptions of the condition and care available. 

Thirdly, the project aims to suggest interventions that would allow the DRC to provide high-quality national HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening based on its unique challenges and the demands of its population.