The RAD-AID Nigeria Program was established in 2015 with most of its early growth supported by the Temple University Hospital RAD-AID Chapter. After multiple successful trips that involved providing educational material and training sessions at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Association of Radiologists in Nigeria annual conference, we have developed an Interventional Radiology (IR) team. The multi-institution IR team is strongly committed to the advancement of IR in Nigeria through training and capacity building.
Nigeria is a country with a severe shortage of trained IRs. With a population of over 200 million people, there are only a handful of IRs in practice. We have a short term goal of establishing the first IR training program in Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (NiSIR) and local institutions. As part of the initial step in this process, a symposium was held in the first week of September, 2019 at the University College Ibadan (UCH) to launch RAD-AID’s IR initiative in Nigeria. UCH is a tertiary care hospital with a long distinguished tradition of training physicians and a RAD-AID partner hospital.
In 2022-2023, RAD-AID collaborated with MissioInvest to support new radiology capacity building at St. Dominic’s Hospital, along with a breast imaging partnership at LUTH and at Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital in Ile-Ife.
To foster stronger cancer-control initiatives in Nigeria and the wider African continent, RAD-AID established a partnership with the African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO), which includes a network of Nigerian and US-based cancer-care institutions. RAD-AID’s Radiation Oncology Program also led on-site teaching workshops at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Cancer Treatment Centre in Lagos and at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) in Enugu for radiation therapists, nurses and oncologists in 2023, in collaboration with ASRT and Varian (a Siemens Healthineers Company).
We continue to seek motivated individuals who are interested in the long term advancement of radiology in Nigeria. The current goals of the program include 1) optimization of imaging enterprises and 2) development of sub-specialty training programs.