In 2021, RAD-AID launched a program in Botswana under the leadership Dr. Abass Noor and Dr. Wallace Miller. Dr. Miller, Emeritus Professor CE of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, relocated to Gaborone in Botswana, to work with local radiology stakeholders and develop the country’s first radiology residency program.
The Radiology Readiness Assessment revealed challenges in access to radiology services and education. RAD-AID Botswana Program goals include but are not limited to, providing scholarship grants to eligible multidisciplinary professionals to further their education, identify opportunities to implement and/or enhance health IT and PACS, contribute to the radiology residency program, and contribute to increasing educational capacity for technologists.
In 2022, RAD-AID signed a collaboration agreement with Botswana’s Ministry of Health to advance radiology education, residency, medical physics, PACS, and informatics through the formation of a joint strategic healthcare committee. In 2023, RAD-AID signed an agreement to work with the Botswana UPenn Partnership, a collaboration among the Government of Botswana, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Botswana for health care capacity building. The RAD-AID Medical Physics Program gave scholarship support and mentorship to graduate the first fully trained medical imaging physicist in Botswana in 2023.