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Championing radiation safety in Africa: the AFROSAFE campaign

Purpose or Case Report: Radiation safety is a critical component in pediatric imaging. In Africa, radiation-safety is championed by the AFROSAFE campaign under the umbrella of the African Society of Radiology (ASR). AFROSAFE was launched on 17th February, 2015 during the 8th biennial Pan African Congress of Radiology and Imaging (PACORI) which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission of AFROSAFE is to ensure favorable benefit-risk ratio in the use of ionizing radiation in medicine through encouraging adherence to safety standards and guidelines as per the “Bonn Call for Action”. Through this Campaign, all the radiation health workers of Africa have agreed to unite with the common goal of identifying and addressing issues arising from radiation protection in medicine.

This is an educational poster that outlines the signifcant Milestones AFROSAFE has achieved one year later, the pertinent issues, challenges and success.
Methods & Materials: Six key strategic objectives have been identified which include developing DRLs and Imaging referral guidelines. The AFROSAFE Implementation Tool Matrix was launched on 5th November 2015 in an event to celebrate the International Day of Radiology. A key strategy in the implementation of AFROSAFE is to the formulation of national steering committees in each African country as well as the development of the AFROSAFE website, an essential resource-tool for relevant data facilitating the expansion of key networks. National AFROSAFE chapters have been launched in Kenya and Uganda with the election of national AFROSAFE champions. Also planned is the launch of French and Portuguese-speaking chapters.
Results: AFROSAFE has grown to become a legitimate radiation-safety campaign with representation in several fora such as PACORI 2015, ASR 2015, the World Health Assembly Side-event (WHA 68), Global summit for Radiology Quality and Safety 2015, IAEA workshops in Kenya and Egypt and ECR 2016. Collaborations and partnerships with global agencies such as IAEA, WHO, governments and other radiation-safety campaigns like EuroSafe and Image Gently have been instrumental in establishing AFROSAFE.
Conclusions: Creation of AFROSAFE has stimulated radiation safety awareness in the continent leading to the development of national and regional chapters.
  • Mwango, Gladys  ( University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences School of Medicine , Nairobi , Kenya )
  • Nyabanda, Rose  ( Kenyatta National Hospital , Nairobi , Kenya )
  • Kawooya, Michael  ( Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI) , Kampala , Uganda )
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