Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.

TEAM:

Dr. Tariq Gill, Director; Laurie Zeigler, Women's Health Coordinator; Brian Wetzel, Operations Liaison

MISSION OBJECTIVES:
  • Establish the very first Breast Cancer screening program for general public in Tanzania. Program to be based at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar salaam, capital city of Tanzania.
  • Install two Mammography units, previously donated by Radiologists without Borders.
  • Establish Best Practice Model for Breast Cancer screening.
  • Train technologists and Radiologists in Policies and procedures related to quality, patient education, infection control and Radiation Safety.
  • Perform mammography read-out sessions with radiologists and technologists.
  • Establishing connectivity for electronic communications and transmission of images between MUHAS and Radiologists without Borders allowing radiologists to provide expert opinions in Medical Imaging. Connectivity technology support provided by Merge Health Care.
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