ACR Foundation and Rotary join Imaging the World to save lives in Uganda
The American College of Radiology Foundation (ACRF) is partnering with a team of Rotary Clubs chartered by Rotary International to support Imaging The World’s efforts to address excessive maternal and infant mortality in Uganda. A new joint pilot program will acquire and install ultrasound equipment in several facilities throughout Uganda and train personnel to safely and effectively operate the equipment.
Rotary Clubs of Wilmette and Park Ridge, IL, the Rotary Club of Kiwatule, Uganda and the Rotary Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Informatics Support Team led by the Rotary Club of Denton, TX, will recruit other Rotary Clubs and manage the effort.
Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for approximately 38 percent of global neonatal deaths, has the highest newborn death rate. Although improving in recent years, the infant mortality rate in Uganda remains nearly seven times that of the United States. The need for modern equipment and qualified medical personnel is still great.
“By working with the Rotary Club and Imaging the World to provide equipment, training and expertise to professionals in developing countries, we can save countless lives,” said Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, chair American College of Radiology Foundation Executive Committee.
“Even the most basic radiology equipment and instruction can make a world of difference in the lives of millions of people in developing nations. The actions of Rotarians and Rotary affiliates are saving and improving lives every day,” said Steve Jambor of the Wilmette Rotary who leads the effort.
“Our ongoing presence in Uganda is changing and saving lives. As we put more equipment in the hands of trained professionals, the maternal and infant mortality rate in Uganda is coming down. Mothers and children are absolutely living healthier lives due to these efforts. This collaborative effort prioritizes engagement with and work to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Kristen K DeStigter, MD, FACR, president and co-founder of Imaging the World.