Radiology With a Vision

The East Africa Medical Assistance Foundation is a Minnesota 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing radiology services at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), a 630-bed teaching hospital at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania. It is the site of the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology, the first radiology residency in the country. Through donations, the foundation provides monetary support for the radiology training program, assists in providing equipment for the imaging department and manages a volunteer program for radiologists who wish to contribute by teaching at the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology. Over 100 AMO doctors and 10 residents have graduated from the training program and now provide services throughout Tanzania.

Saving Lives: Join Us

It has been the goal of EAMAF from the very beginning to develop local talent to learn and provide the best level of care at KCMC. We are gratified to see that of the four radiologists currently serving KCMC, three are graduates of Dr. Diefenthal’s and the fourth exposed to his teachings during medical school and inspired to become a radiologist.
Once their training course is complete, it is the goal of EAMAF to provide the home hospital or clinic with an ultrasound machine. Dr. Diefenthal developed many techniques to expand the usefulness of these instruments for a variety of purposes. An advantage of ultrasound is that it does not require consumables like film of chemicals, and now with the new app-based models, it is even more efficient.
KCMC Expansion
As 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.
Educational Programs
Dr. Diefenthal felt that the best way to develop the local skills of the doctors was to open a school of Radiology. The first program, which has been hugely successful, was a two-year radiology program for AMO doctors. The school has expanded its programs to include a radiology residency, clinical officer, and ultrasound programs.
Interactive Map
The 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.
EAMAF has accomplished much, but there is still a lot left to be done. We welcome all who wish to contribute to this effort. This could be in the form of a monetary gift, or the gift of your time and knowledge. This could be locally or through a trip to Tanzania to assist the radiology department and feel the emotion of a direct experience.
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Prof. Helmut Diefenthal, MD

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