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When Associate Professor Frank Minja traveled to Tanzania, East Africa, in 2014 to help set up a modern radiology department on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) campus, he knew the task would be complex and demanding. In 2018, with the assistance of Fabian Laage Gaupp, MD, Minja established the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative. Two years later, the program is providing a new model for global medical outreach missions. Most notably, Tanzania’s main medical academic teaching center, the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), on the same campus as MNH, now offers a master’s of science (MSc) degree in interventional radiology (IR).

“This is a big change and a big deal because it’s a departure from most global outreach programs, which are usually a one-off,” said Minja, the director of Global Outreach for the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). “With training, people gain skills but not credentials. The two-year MSc provides visiting faculty with a set curriculum.”

From October 2018 to October 2019, 12 teams and 53 volunteers traveled to Tanzania in teams of three to five people on a two-week schedule to provide hands-on training to radiology residents, nurses and technologists.

Many thanks for your generous online donations, which funded flights and housing for our volunteers. Our program accomplished many significant milestones this year!

As soon as our training program was approved for a two-year MSc Interventional Radiology degree program at MUHAS, we enrolled our first three MSc IR students. Our teams have successfully performed 250+ IR procedures together with our IR trainees in Tanzania, and our first paper was just published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

As we fundraise to support our 2020 teams, we would be most grateful for your tax-deductible support again this year. Please give generously today!

Asante sana! (Thank you so much!)