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Mana Kasongo: A Woman Making History

March 16, 2010

30 Women Making History In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives — every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30? Click here to donate: or text WOMEN to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Dr. Mana Kasongo: A Woman Making History by Rachell Arteaga Today I want to highlight Dr. Mana Lumumba-Kasongo -- a hero in the fight for fair and just health care. As an emergency room physician and a journalist, she knows firsthand the dire conditions that can exist in America’s emergency rooms and how health care reform can work to rectify those issues. For me personally, health care is a topic that is near and dear to me. I am a type 1 diabetic who continues to struggle to maintain good health, despite exorbitant costs for my supplies and a complex and bureaucratic health care system. Dr. Kasongo is a board-certified emergency physician, a nationally published writer, and an alumna of the WMC's Progressive Women's Voices program. Born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Kasongo received a Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism, co-founded the Black Star News, and worked as a freelance reporter for many news venues including InStyle Magazine and Institutional Investor. Kasongo currently serves as an attending physician at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia and has an interest and expertise in emergency health care issues, African and African-American politics and women’s health. Most recently, Dr. Kasongo has done heroic work in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake on the ground as an emergency relief doctor with 10 other medical professionals who traveled to the Haitian-Dominican border to work at the Good Samaritan Hospital. To read a gripping account of her experience, click here. Dr. Kasongo is making history today through her critical work as an emergency room physician, keeping the public informed on the state of the health care system both nationally and internationally, and her strong advocacy for better access to health care for all. Thank you, Mana, for all that you do!