NNSA has awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Radiological Society of North America to support capacity building for medical professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. These grants will help address the growing need in Africa for training in nuclear medicine and radiology, which is limited by a shortage of experienced staff, facilities, and equipment.
These new partnerships will help expand access to this vital knowledge to a part of the world that needs these services.
The grants serve as a small portion of the overall U.S. contribution as part of Article IV of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, in which the United States and other States Party commit to facilitate access to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, 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 NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Dr. Brent Park.
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 NNSA.
The Radiological Society of North America will use its $750,000 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 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will spend its grant on supporting capacity-building activities for nuclear medicine professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. Both are three-year grants.