Tanzania’s 60 million people experience challenges in accessing adequate health resources, such as hospitals, medical training centers, and diagnostic radiology services.
With approximately 100 registered radiologists nationwide — or roughly one radiologist per million Tanzanians — the health system has much work ahead before the country meets the world’s benchmark rate: one radiologist serving 50,000 people.
RAD-AID in Tanzania
RAD-AID in Tanzania has grown to five program sites — Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar — which span from education, to service delivery, to technical assistance in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. RAD-AID supports the development of advanced cross-sectional imaging by training radiologists, sonographers, nuclear medicine professionals, and radiologic technologists.
RAD-AID’s program of support in Tanzania includes Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, a teaching hospital with 600 beds located in the foothills of the eponymous mountain.
In mid-2019, KCMC updated the equipment in its radiology department with a state-of-the-art CT scanner, a 1.5T MRI unit, as well as 2 new DR x-ray suites. In 2020, RAD-AID started providing daily lectures to KCMC’s radiology residency program, as well as structured educational outreach to technologists.
Dar es Salaam
RAD-AID’s work in Aga Khan Hospital includes training the hospital’s staff and radiologists by assisting advancement of clinical protocols and best practices, strengthening radiology infrastructure, and supporting the IT. RAD-AID’s focus at Aga Khan is in the nuclear medicine department, as such services are limited throughout Tanzania.
In 2022, RAD-AID established a partnership with Mnazi Mmoja referral hospital in Stonetown, Zanzibar. A first outreach trip is planned for early 2023 to work Radiology Readiness goals in support of radiology capacity building on the archipelago.
In 2015, RAD-AID partnered with NSK Hospitals Limited (NSKHL) in Arusha, a regional capital, to help build a diagnostic radiology center. RAD-AID performed a radiology readiness survey in early 2016, followed by a partnership agreement. RAD-AID volunteer radiologists, technologists, sonographers, and nurses have periodically provided technical assistance to NSKHL staff.
RAD-AID first started working at Mwanza’s Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in 2017, to lend support to the budding radiation oncology department. Since then, BMC’s department of radiology has reached out to RAD-AID to provide radiology residency support stemming from the success of the partnership with KCMC in Moshi.