Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago of 500,000 people off Africa’s northwest coast. Access to health care is limited due to disparities in staffing, facilities, equipment, and medicine.
Accessibility to imaging varies per island within the country with the largest services performed in the Capital Praia on Santiago Island. It is at this location that more advanced imaging is available. Fogo, the island where the majority of the previous RAD-AID efforts have been concentrated, has access to ultrasound and radiography.
Radiology training occurs internationally, most commonly in Portugal. There are few Cape Verdean national radiologists located in Praia. In other islands within the country, such as Fogo, a rotating international radiologist is present for a specified time period, typically two-year intervals.
RAD-AID teams are developing initiatives for breast imaging, informatics (PACS), ultrasound and radiography, with a new Portuguese translation of RAD-AID Radiology-Readiness assessment tool to more widely engage Cape Verdean health institutions.