The Path Ahead

 The staff of Imaging the World and Imaging the World Africa.

The staff of Imaging the World and Imaging the World Africa.

The Imaging the World ultrasound model is designed to be easily replicated and fully sustainable. It is our goal to make our program available to areas of need, anywhere in the world. In addition to expanding ultrasound to rural health facilities in Uganda, we are consulting on projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland. We are also extending the services where ultrasound is used to include additional diagnostic capabilities.

We are creating a “playbook,” based on ITW services, processes, and methodologies, that can be applied anywhere in the world and adapted to different cultural contexts.

ITW has clearly demonstrated that it is possible and practical to bring ultrasound technology to underserved communities and that the use of such technology is saving lives. The organization plans to continue to do this critical work while also finding creative ways to partner with other groups, thereby increasing impact exponentially.

The core design elements of an implementation strategy (process and context) include:

  1. Education
  2. Technology
  3. Community Outreach
  4. Funding and Development
  5. Health Service Delivery
  6. Clinical operations
  7. Quality assurance and Improvement
  8. Partnerships with local healthcare infrastructure
  9. Partnerships with other organizations
  10. Health Care Policy
  11. MOH relations
  12. Local government relations
  13. Outcomes monitoring
  14. Dissemination of Results
  15. Marketing and Public Relations

Strategies:

  1. Create a contextual implementation “model” that will be available for other practitioners or organizations to bring ultrasound technology to communities that need it
  2. Draft comprehensive descriptions of each element of the ITW approach
  3. Create user-friendly checklists, schedules and other practical resources that would enable non-ITW staff to understand how to get a project off the ground
  4. Offer sample resources such as model MOUs with government agencies and health care facilities
  5. Develop a cultural adaptation tool with guidelines for modifications of ITW processes.