RAD-AID China, 2014
Outreach is a commonly used term in efforts to decrease poverty and global economic disparity, in which radiology outreach specifically aims to improve access to radiologic health services and imaging technologies among economically disadvantaged populations.
Outreach is typically defined as having several components:
1. Providing services to impoverished populations who otherwise have limited or no access to such resources.
2. Provision of those services entails traveling to the individuals and communities in need.
3. Integral to service delivery, education and raising awareness are vital components of outreach.
Ultrasound collaboration, Haiti 2014
Therefore, RAD-AID’s radiology outreach programs are designed on the principle of bringing vital health services to populations in need, with a focus on critical imaging services for essential health care. The mobility component of outreach means that RAD-AID teams emphasize on-site work within the populations and communities needing assistance.
Moreover, RAD-AID’s on site work prioritizes education and collaboration in which radiology professionals learn from one another across different countries and cultures, increasing knowledge and building awareness of how imaging can bring health advancement.
To learn more about radiology outreach in RAD-AID, please explore our programs and the countries where we work. We also offer many pathways for involvement, such as participation in RAD-AID Chapters, attending the yearly RAD-AID Conference, interning in the RAD-AID/WHO collaborative program, and volunteering to join one of our many outreach teams.