The BBC News Swahili service recently captured the mission of the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative: “To help provide local training opportunities for interventional radiology in Tanzania.”
The evening news segment aired in Swahili on May 8th, 2019, with the following message:
“You will discover that the Government has focused on purchasing radiology equipment for hospitals, and now radiology equipment is available. But it is also important to provide training for our people, so they could start to use that equipment for interventional radiology. What is truly still missing are local training opportunities, and we are focused on helping to address that need.”
We recruit and help to send US-based volunteer IR teams to Tanzania for two-week trips to train local radiology residents, nurses and technologists in interventional radiology (IR) at the Muhimbili National Hospital. Our amazing teams consist of an IR Physician, Nurse and Technologist; and sometimes include IR residents, medical students and spouses.
We strive to provide flights and housing for the core IR team of IR Physician, Nurse and Technologist; which costs about $5,000 for a two-week trip (with advance planning!). Thanks to your many generous donations in 2018, we have already successfully sent five IR teams to and from Tanzania, since October 2018. We plan to send twenty (20) more IR teams in academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021; when we hope to graduate the very first generation of IR physicians trained in Tanzania!
Our fundraising goal for 2019 is therefore $5,000 x 20 = $100,000.
Please give generously today, so we can focus on recruiting and sending the very best IR Physicians, Nurses and Technologists to Tanzania, to directly address the lack of local IR training opportunities!
Asanteni Sana (Thank you all very much)