Duke University has a nearly 20-year collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC). The collaboration has focused on research, medical and nursing education, and capacity building. Prior research has focused on HIV/AIDS, TB, the causes of fever in children and adults, mental health and health systems strengthening. A rapidly growing area of common research interest is in cancer, and collaboration studies have addressed cervical cancer, strengthening of the KCMC cancer registry, and the development of cancer care capacity. A training grant from the National Cancer Institute has been instrumental in supporting these activities.
RadiatingHope is a 100% volunteer-run, mountain climbing, cancer-care focused nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. RadiatingHope’s mission is to improve cancer care, specifically radiation oncology care, around the globe. They provide radiation equipment to countries where cancer care is hard to find, and optimal treatments are sparse. One of the largest radiation oncology equipment manufacturers, Varian, has recently partnered with RadiatingHope to help fund their ‘Partners in Giving’ program in which they will match their employees’ donations to RadiatingHope.
The East Africa Medical Assistance Foundation is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing radiology services at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), a 500-bed teaching hospital at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania. It is the site of the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology, the first radiology residency in the country. Through donations, the foundation provides monetary support for the radiology training program, assists in providing equipment for the imaging department and manages a volunteer program for radiologists who wish to contribute by teaching at the Kilimanjaro School of Radiology. Over 100 residents have graduated from the training program and now provide service throughout Tanzania.
Other collaborating partners include:
School of Nursing – University of Minnesota
Varian Medical Systems
American College of Radiology
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Tanzania)