A firsthand account of traveling to Tanzania, East Africa
Nurse Jeanne Burke and IR Tech Julie Albrecht of Yale New Haven Hospital discuss what it’s like to travel to Tanzania, East Africa, to teach IR techniques at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. This trip was a part of the Yale Radiology Global Outreach Program.
Tanzania IR Initiative: Training the First Generation of Interventional Radiologists
Despite a population of nearly 60 million, there is currently not a single interventional radiologist in Tanzania. Based on an Interventional Radiology (IR) Readiness Assessment, the key obstacles to establishing IR in Tanzania are the lack of training opportunities and limited availability of disposable equipment. An IR training program was designed and initiated, which relies on US-based volunteer teams of IR physicians, nurses, and technologists to locally train radiology residents, nurses, and technologists. Preliminary results support this strategy for addressing the lack of training opportunities and provide a model for introducing IR to other resource-limited settings.
Yale Establishes Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative
When Frank Minja, MD, traveled to his native country of Tanzania, East Africa in 2014 to help improve radiology services at the Muhimbili National Hospital campus in Dar es Salaam, he knew the task would be complex and demanding. Minja, an assistant professor of neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine, recently returned to Tanzania with a team from Yale and other institutions to establish the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative.
Yale’s Minja bringing interventional radiology training to Tanzania
After leading the implementation of a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to dramatically improve access to medical imaging in his home country of Tanzania, Dr. Frank Minja at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is working alongside residents and faculty from Yale and other institutions to establish a three-year longitudinal program in Tanzania geared at training radiology residents, nurses, and technologists in interventional radiology.