RAD-AID Ghana: A Success Story!


I have waited for this day for a while. While beginning to think about ways to improve the medical imaging sector of the Ghanaian healthcare, my goal was to understand exactly what, how, why, and who can be affected with such improvement in radiology in Ghana. I have been convinced over the time that RAD-AID is the best solution to attend resource-limited areas of the radiology world, in this case, Ghana. The strategy RAD-AID undertakes makes its solution to deploy a better healthcare delivery in developing countries a long-lasting and sustainable solution.

My first experience with the radiology-readiness program has molded me into an individual entrusted with integrity, self-responsibility, discipline, better communicator, continued learning and a servant-leader. For the sake of brevity, I will discuss some of the pros and cons of my experience, and also suggest a few pointers for individuals who plan to conduct future radiology readiness in developing countries.

Pros:

1. The 16-part survey is easy to understand, legible and analyzes crucial areas of the healthcare system

2. The categories are organized and coherent

3. Most of the questions can be answered from Annual reports or databases from the hospital(s)

4. Corresponding radiologists at the facility are willing to assist to answer the questions in the survey

5. A pre-assessment can be conducted prior to the visit to save time and also create room for secondary questions

Cons:

1. The survey is in adobe professional format. Without this program, it will be difficult to input the responses. I found a program similar to adobe professional but free. It’s called Foxit reader. One may google it and download for free. Future researchers can download this program as alternative to adobe professional.

Things to consider:

1. Cultural compatibility: future RAD-AID researchers must ensure they are culturally equipped and competent before visiting the facility. Respect of the culture is 50% towards building strong relationships and also facilitates easy communication. The GlobeSmart program provides a great tool for understanding cultural competencies prior to visits

2. Be clear, concise, and precise: I found out that it is quintessential to be clear, concise, and precise during communication between RAD-AID researchers and the medical staff at the facility. This is mainly due to cultural differences and understanding of the English language.

3. Grab annual reports of medical facilities: I found out that it was easier to get some information from the databases and recent annual reports. Most of the questions can be answered with the annual report of the facility; however, it is IMPORTANT to always double-check with administrators, radiologists etc.

4. Take lots of pictures: I find this very relaxing!

5. Remember to BACK-UP ALL ASSESSMENTS: In the case of unpredictable accidents or hiccups, it will benefit the RAD-AID researcher to always back-up responses to avoid going back to square one.

6. A blog might be a good way to remember events of the day and your experience!

7. Start out with the RAD-AID presentation: The RAD-AID presentation perfectly coined by Ezana Azene, MD, PhD gives its audience a better understanding of RAD-AID and its mission/strategies. Beginning the rad-aid assessment with this presentation will be the best ice-breaker at each facility visited

Acknowledgments:

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the following people/programs for making this project a success story:

Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program

Dr. Daniel Mollura and Dr. Ezana Azene

Dr. Brad Sutton

Dr. Vincent Hewlett

 

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About RAD-AID
4 billion people are without access to radiology services (xray, ultrasound, CT scans, mammograms, and more). Rad-Aid is an organization with a mission to promote and improve global health care by increasing the access to radiology services in developing regions.

One Response to RAD-AID Ghana: A Success Story!

  1. Dr Onyemesili J.C FWACS(Radiol.) says:

    I am a Consultant Radiologist in Central Hospital Warri , Delta State Hospital Management Board. and I excited to discover Rad-aid on the Internet and I have gone through the success story in GHana.I would like to share my own story to the rest of developng world by asking for an assistance from RAD-AID to help me in equiping my department.This will help me to promote the the relevance of radiodiagnosis to my envinronment in Delta State of Nigeria.Thank you

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