The strategic partnership between RAD-AID and Siemens Healthineers (www.Siemens-Healthineers.com) focuses on providing access to affordable education; The program will ensure that targeted educational gaps in staff training for medical imaging equipment in low-resource settings in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania are quickly filled.
As part of its commitment to improving access to care around the world and transforming care delivery, Siemens Healthineers has partnered with RAD-AID to support radiology education in African countries.
Radiology is part of nearly every segment of health care, including pediatrics, obstetrics, medicine, and surgery, making the absence of radiology a critical piece of the global health disparity.
RAD-AID is a not-for-profit public service established in 2008 to respond to the need for more imaging and radiology technology in resource-limited regions and underserved communities around the world.
Since then it has grown to include more than 14,000 volunteers from 146 countries, serving 91 hospitals in more than 40 countries with a mission to increase and improve radiology in low- and middle-income countries, as well as in underserved areas of countries.
Speaking about the partnership, Ole Per Maloy, CEO of Siemens Healthineers, Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa, said: “Continuous education and training in the field of radiology is essential to ensure quality healthcare and accurate diagnosis.
We at Siemens Healthineers are proud to support RAD-AID’s radiology education program, this initiative will provide essential training for healthcare professionals in Africa.”
RAD-AID works in more than 40 countries to improve and optimize access to medical imaging and radiology in low-resource regions of the world, including African countries.
The nonprofit charity offers a broad portfolio of volunteer programs to further the education of radiology professionals in low-resource settings.
Education is a growing issue in Africa.
The partnership with RAD-AID will allow rapid deployment of resources to ensure a staff adequately trained in medical imaging equipment.
“The collaboration between RAD-AID and Siemens Healthineers is an exciting, high-impact outreach program for radiology education and health equity to help low-resource medical institutions in low- and middle-income countries,” said Daniel J.
Mollura, MD, President and CEO of RAD-AID International.
Challenges facing the region to be addressed by the association include a shortage of qualified medical providers and workers in the field, financial constraints that restrict investment in medical imaging education, and poor hospital infrastructure in Africa, including poor internet connection.
Siemens Healthineers is financially supporting RAD-AID activities in selected African countries, namely Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania, with multiple potential activities in additional countries in the future.
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