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UNC teaching IR at the University of Nairobi

Global Public Health, Radiology, and Health Equity

Global health includes issues that transcend national boundaries, like cancer, and that require worldwide, multidisciplinary cooperation — so our partnerships have a Local to Global approach. We have active health equity programs in North Carolina and with international collaborators. As part of the rich, longstanding tradition of UNC community engagement and service, our efforts align with the vision of UNC Health and promote the university’s aims within the Carolina Next strategic plan.

Our Approach

The aim of our international partnerships is to increase access to medical imaging globally – while supporting local economies with an emphasis on sustainability. We achieve this goal by creating and facilitating educational interventions and collaborations with local healthcare professionals. Our partnerships in Africa and Latin America are bilateral exchanges in which all colleagues benefit from educational discourse.

Our Collaborations and Impact

UNC Global Radiology is a hub for global interventional radiology (IR) education. In Kenya, we helped establish the nation’s first IR fellowship at the University of Nairobi. Scaling this successful model, we have partnerships and collaborations in development throughout Latin America that focus on local economic and infrastructure capacity, integration of high-fidelity simulation, and building IR workforce with training programs, intellectual exchanges, observerships, and joint research.

In Malawi, our diagnostic radiologists provide imaging education to local radiology professionals and facilitate the integration of contrast enhanced ultrasound at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe. Also in Malawi, we lead curricula for breast imaging and procedures with hematology and oncology colleagues, evaluate the role of imaging for esophageal cancer at KCH, and partner with the KCH Department of Surgery to understand the extent of deep vein thrombosis in the setting of procedural care.

All of our international collaborations are supported by bilateral case conferences, resident and staff participation, and image sharing for consultation.

UNC faculty, residents, and staff with colleagues at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi