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Breast Cancer Fund Supports Assessment and Training at Hospital in Tanzania

Dr. Tiffany Robinson, a US-based breast radiologist, conducted a Breast Readiness Assessment at Ampola Tasakhtaa Hospital (ATH) in Zanzibar. | Photo courtesy of RAD-AID

In August 2023, BBF Global Relief gave a grant to RAD-AID, a nonprofit organization that provides radiology and imaging technology to resource-limited regions and underserved communities around the world.

BBF’s grant helped RAD-AID conduct a “Breast Readiness Assessment” at Ampola Tasakhtaa Hospital (ATH) in Zanzibar, an archipelago in Tanzania. ATH serves more than one million people and is the only hospital on the archipelago to offer mammography services.

 Prior to receiving its first mammography unit in July 2023, the hospital examined patients with suspected breast pathology using a breast ultrasound or directed them straight to surgery. These practices created potential opportunities to misdiagnose pathology or increase risks to patients, such as undergoing unnecessary surgical interventions.

After the hospital received sufficient mammography equipment, RAD-AID’s Breast Readiness Assessment revealed that hospital radiologists and technologists could benefit from more education on breast imaging and the equipment’s capabilities.

Dr. Tiffany Robinson, a US-based breast radiologist, spent two weeks at ATH in January, providing daily lectures to radiology technologists and sonographers at the hospital. Forty patients received breast imaging care at the hospital during her trip, and 37 hospital staff received training in the process.

The remaining funding from BBF will go toward supporting additional hands-on training for mammography technologists at ATH and conducting a Breast Readiness Assessment at the University Medical Center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.