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RAD-AID Nicaragua team working on ultrasound, 2015

RAD-AID Nicaragua team working on ultrasound, 2015

RAD-AID Nicaragua launched its program in 2014 under the leadership of Dr. Gillian Battino, Director of RAD-AID Latin America. In the last 3 years, RAD-AID donated 4 PACS systems to 4 hospitals in Managua (with support from IBM/Merge), and deployed over 10 teams to urban and rural areas of Nicaragua for ultrasound and radiography training of local personnel. 

RAD-AID is currently working at AMOS Health & Hope, Hospital Antonio Lenin Fonseca, La Mascota Hospital, and El Hospital Bautista, to impact the health care of nearly 2 million people.   RAD-AID’s program in Nicaragua has reinforced collaborations across RAD-AID Chapters, such as Henry Ford Hospital (Michigan), Georgetown Medical Center (Washington DC), SUNY Downstate (New York), University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin. 

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UW Madison RAD-AID Chapter members reviewing mammography cases in Nicaragua

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UW Madison RAD-AID Chapter members performing ultrasounds in Nicaragua

For example, a recent RAD-AID Nicaragua team performed over 80 ultrasounds over 3.5 days of scanning in the urban center at AMOS in Managua, the government clinic in rural El Ayote, and a rural clinic in Banco de Sikia in the RAAS region of Nicaragua. Additionally, we established relationships with both a public radiology residency at Bertha Calderon Hospital and a private hospital radiology residency at Hospital Bautista in Managua and strengthened local partnerships. Integrating health information technologies, PACS, radiology equipment, and clinical education is enabling RAD-AID to help transform Nicaraguan health care into a leading edge of advanced medical networks and imaging. 

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RAD-AID’s Director of Informatics, Dr. Andrew Kesselman, with PACS implementation, 2015

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RAD-AID Drs. Battino and Kesselman in Nicaragua, 2015.

RAD-AID plans to continue in Nicaragua in close collaboration with the World Health Organization Pan American Health Organization.  If you are interested in our program in Nicaragua, please contact Dr. Battino at [email protected]