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

Recent Activity

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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