Radiology With a Vision
The East Africa medical Assistance Foundation (EAMAF) is a Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is To Improve Radiological Services and Related Medical Care in East Africa. EAMAF’s activities are centered at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), a full-service, 630 bed regional hospital located in Moshi, Tanzania, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. EAMAF’s mission recognizes that radiology is the heart of every hospital. The images produced through radiology are the key to enabling the diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of medical conditions, ranging from cancer to pre-natal defects. EAMAF also supports KCMC’s teaching programs, both monetarily and through arranging working visits by volunteer doctors from the U.S. and other countries. KCMC’s major teaching programs include the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology, the first radiology residency program in Tanzania, and a two-year training program awarding a degree as an Assistant Medical Officer (AMO). Although not qualified as MDs, AMOs significantly broaden EAMAF’s outreach by working at remote medical facilities throughout Tanzania
RadiologistsAs Tanzania improves its hospitals and patient care, there is a need for a greater number of radiologists. EAMAF is currently sponsoring one student to complete their radiology studies.
CT and MRIWith some creative financing, EAMAF was able to leverage their funds to help KCMC obtain a new CT machine and an MRI unit, the first for the hospital.
KCMC ExpansionAs with any facility, time will make certain equipment and infrastructure obsolete or simply worn out. The radiologists at KCMC work with a local architect to draw up plans of what they would like to have and engaged a local contractor to remodel the department. EAMAF was able to provide the funding for the effort and provide some of the new imaging equipment. Working with KCMC to develop creative financing a new MRI and CT scanner were also obtained.
Radiology DepartmentThe strength of the radiology staff has made it possible to open a cancer center (a few years ago) and now work towards a cardiac care center. EAMAF is assisting in this endeavor also.
COVID-19Like the rest of the world, Tanzania has had to deal with the pandemic. This has significantly slowed travel to KCMC, but remote learning and communication continues. We hope that in person visits can resume in 2022.
Interactive MapThe map below has a dot for the location of each student that has graduated from the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology. Feel free to zoom in using the + and - buttons on the right. As with all Google maps a satellite view and street views (in the larger cities) are available.