UNC-CH Division of Radiologic Science Welcomes Malawi's Peter Shaba

Read to learn about an international partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill's Division of Radiologic Science and radiology colleagues in Lilongwe, Malawi.

UNC-CH Division of Radiologic Science Welcomes Malawi's Peter Shaba click to enlarge Peter Shaba with UNC-CH Radiologic Science faculty members Melissa Culp and Andrew Woodward.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Division of Radiologic Science welcomed Peter Shaba to Chapel Hill in early November as part of a global collaborative initiative to support radiology colleagues in Lilongwe, Malawi. Shaba is the acting head of the Radiography Programme at the Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS). 

Since 2013, faculty and students around the globe have experienced growth through an educational exchange program, hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill, the Department of Radiology at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), and the Radiography Programme at MCHS. During his first international visit, Shaba and Division of Radiologic Science faculty member, Andrew Woodward, RT(R)(CT)(QM), plan to present at the November 2015 RAD-AID conference to be held in Washington, D.C.

“Education is a key toward an improved future,” Woodward said. “The establishment of the partnership between the Malawi College of Health Sciences’ Radiography Programme and UNC’s Division of Radiologic Science is nothing less than an epic accomplishment for both institutions. The partnership will enable students and faculty from both institutions to engage in academic endeavors that will lead to personal and professional growth.”

During Shaba’s visit, UNC-CH faculty will discuss the educational partnership with Malawi and its future goals. Additionally, the visit will focus on instructional design and delivery techniques for radiologic sciences. Shaba will spend time in the classroom with faculty and students during his visit with the Division of Radiologic Science.

The educational partnership, which began in September 2013, has three long-term bilateral goal initiatives. These goals include:

  • Radiologist support
  • Technologist and radiographer education and development for working technologists, faculty, and students
  • Biomedical engineering development for equipment maintenance

The project began after an initial site visit by the Division of Radiologic Science to tour Shaba’s program, the only one of its kind in Malawi. Previously, the Division of Radiologic Science sent five teams to Lilongwe with technologists, students, and radiologists providing education on requested topics. As of 2015, six radiologic science students have traveled with faculty to Malawi, where they are required to give guest lectures to Malawian student technologists. They also observed technologists at KCH.

Other partnership achievements include faculty technologists from the Division of Radiologic Science, faculty radiographers from MCHS, and the principal radiographer at KCH collaborating to develop a Malawian Bachelor of Science radiography curriculum. Division of Radiologic Science faculty consulted on the national radiology policy being developed by the Ministry of Health.

In July 2015, Dr. Amit Sura, a pediatric radiologist from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, joined the Division of Radiologic Science team as part of RAD-AID Children’s Health. Dr. Sura provided lectures for pediatric clinicians and radiology trainees at KCH.

Next steps include more development of the biomedical engineering goal for sustainable equipment maintenance in Malawi. Additionally, more growth needs to be achieved on radiologist support—possibly via teleradiology for consulting and further support of the radiology trainee program at KCH.

The UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of RAD-AID was founded in 2012 by the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Radiologic Science. RAD-AID International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes radiology global health initiatives. A main focus of the group is a team approach to radiology in global health, and all members of the UNC-CH community are welcome. 

Mission

The mission of the UNC-CH RAD-AID Chapter is:
1) to increase radiology’s contribution to sustainable global health initiatives.
2) to develop long-term educational relationships with international partner organizations.