Grants will enhance nuclear medicine and radiology services in Africa

July 28, 2020, 2:57PMNuclear News

Representatives from African countries assembled in 2019 at an event hosted by Nigeria to discuss the need for assistance in nuclear medicine and radiology. Photo: NNSA

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to support an increase in medical staff and the building of facilities and equipment in sub-Saharan Africa, the agency announced on July 27.

The grants of $750,000 each were awarded to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

Needs: There is a growing need in Africa for training in nuclear medicine and radiology, according to the NNSA. The RSNA will use its funds to develop a Global Learning Center in sub-Saharan Africa to improve radiology education and patient care, which will include tailored curriculum and hands-on training for selected medical professionals. Similarly, the SNMMI’s grant will support capacity-building activities for nuclear medicine professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. Both awards from the NNSA are three-year grants.

More info: The NNSA noted that the grants serve as a small contribution as part of Article IV of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, under which the United States and other treaty states have committed to facilitating access to non-defense uses of nuclear technology, including for medical purposes.

“These new partnerships will help expand access to this vital knowledge to a part of the world that needs these services,” said Brent Park, the NNSA’s deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Regional meeting: Representatives from a number of African countries discussed the need for assistance in nuclear medicine and radiology at a 2019 regional event hosted by Nigeria and funded in part by the NNSA.

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