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[medicine.yale.edu] Yale Establishes Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative

We organized a very successful fundraising campaign
 By: Jane E. Dee |  Category: Health |  Posted: Sunday 16th December 2018


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 (YSM), established the Yale Radiology Global Outreach Program that year to help address the shortage of well-trained diagnostic and interventional radiologists around the world.

In a country with limited resources such as Tanzania, patients have little or no access to the benefits of interventional radiology (IR) because not a single radiologist in Tanzania had been formally trained to use it, said Minja. IR is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to treat complex medical conditions and diseases through tiny holes in the skin. It is especially useful for treating patients with end-stage cancer when surgery is no longer an option.

“We organized a very successful fundraising campaign which allowed Dr. Minja and his team to achieve many positive results in a very short time. I believe our Global Outreach Program truly reflects the ideals and aspirations of the department,” said Rob Goodman, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at YSM.

Read the original article on Yale Medicine.