RAD-AID INTERNATIONAL

Radiology Serving the World

Chevy Chase, MD   |  www.rad-aid.org

Mission

To increase and improve radiology for medically underserved populations.

Ruling year info

2009

President and CEO

Dr. Daniel Joseph Mollura M.D.

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anne-Marie Lugossy

Main address

8004 Ellingson Drive

Chevy Chase, MD 20815 USA

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EIN

26-3914931

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lack of radiology resources in global health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 3-4 billion people are at risk for widespread losses and deaths that can be avoided or treated, if radiology were available. Radiology is a part of nearly every segment of health care, including pediatrics, obstetrics, medicine and surgery, making the absence of radiology a critical piece of global health disparity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Asha Jyoti "Ray of Hope"

Mobile Women's Health providing screening services for breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis for indigent women in Northern India. This model aims to replicate in other regions and countries of the third world to provide women's health services to the poor.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

A cornerstone in RAD-AID’s approach is sustainability; how to keep projects going long term and make solutions scale up to help more people for longer durations. Radiology technologies can have a wide spectrum of possible solutions ranging from low cost ultrasound to very capital-intensive equipment (such as CT and MRI), so strategies must be carefully planned out for the start-up phase as well as the long-term perspective of how that will be maintained. For that reason, a central element of RAD-AID’s development is Radiology-Readiness, which is a tool we developed for assessing the need and potential uses of radiology in a community or a facility. In the past, radiology outreach efforts have often included donations of equipment that could not be maintained or supported by the recipient institution, leading to underutilization and even waste. So, RAD-AID tries to be data-intensive through its Radiology-Readiness analysis to be meticulous in how a program is designed so that radiologic solutions best meet the needs of the community and best fits within the infrastructure, culture, resources, clinical workflows, and epidemiological patterns of that region so that the project can be sustainable. The World Health Organization endorsed RAD-AID’s Radiology Readiness platform in 2011 and RAD-AID partnered with the WHO (signed MOU in 2012) to focus great attention on making radiologic solutions sustainable.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RAD-AID is partnered with the World Health Organization to improve education and training for health care workers in the use of radiology and medical imaging technologies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RAD-AID is partnered withe the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation (ASRT) to implement a program designed to give radiologic technologists the opportunity to contribute to the health care needs of the developing world. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that two-thirds of the world's population has little or no access to radiology services. This disparity has contributed to inadequate health care among poor populations, such as women's health (breast cancer screening and maternal infant health), infectious disease, cancer, heart disease, and trauma, because these diseases often require radiology for diagnosis and care. Technologists and therapists are a vital part of the solution because high quality imaging that is safe for patients and effective for diagnosis requires highly skilled imaging professionals.

To address this worldwide problem, RAD-AID and the ASRT Foundation are collaborating to offer funded opportunities to support technologists and therapists interested in serving in the developing world. Recipients of this award will join RAD-AID’s project teams in international initiatives designed to improve access to quality medical imaging for populations in need. Current RAD-AID projects and collaborative programs include Haiti, Latin America, India, China, and Africa. Available opportunities include educational training, research, direct on-site assistance in medical imaging, and strategic planning of new radiology services. Recipients of this award will have the opportunity to work as a member of RAD-AID’s multidisciplinary teams. These teams include radiologists, radiologic technologists, nurses, public health officers, and business leaders from numerous institutions working together to implement solutions that integrate economic development, health care system evaluation, technology innovation, and clinical education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RAD-AID USA WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM PROMOTES
EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO DELIVERING BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND
DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES IN REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE HEALTHCARE
INEQUALITIES DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT WOMEN OF COLOR. THE PROGRAM
INCLUDES MULTIDISCIPLINARY EFFORTS SUCH AS PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH,
NURSING AND COMMUNITY NAVIGATION, BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING,
RADIOLOGY, AND OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

The RAD-AID IR Program is dedicated to improving access to interventional services in low resource settings through education, training and other outreach endeavors.
Interventional Radiology (IR) involves the performance of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using image-guidance to treat a broad range of diseases and conditions. These procedures involve the use of ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and fluoroscopy modalities. IR is an innovative, highly technology and device driven field, which has hindered its early adoption in the resource limited setting. In addition to availability of imaging modalities including US, CT, and fluoroscopy, there are additional financial barriers that need to be considered when initiating a program. Given this need for increased IR services in low and middle income countries, RAD-AID has recently created an IR Program.

Population(s) Served

Radiology health care in low and middle income countries is scarce — digital imaging and health information technologies are even scarcer! Even those health facilities in resource-limited and poor regions that have radiology services, usually do not have the vital software, broadband, and network infrastructure for digital radiology and electronic health care. We can change that. Read our recently 2020 paper on RAD-AID’s AI and IT strategies, published in Radiology.
RAD-AID offers numerous opportunities for health IT professionals to volunteer and serve in low-resource regions, such as for the building of new IT architectures, installing PACS/RIS, implementing IT networks and teaching radiology IT software tools to health workers. RAD-AID integrates its informatics teaching programs with our clinical operations in our multidisciplinary teams so that radiology software can have the very best impact on patient-care.
For example, RAD-AID runs bootcamp training sessions for local health IT professionals to learn radiology IT . RAD-AID has donated and installed over 15 PACS platforms in 10 countries since 2015. In 2018-19, RAD-AID implemented a novel hybrid on-site/cloud turn-key PACS for low-resource hospitals, called the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud, in collaboration with Ambra Health and Google Cloud. RAD-AID is now offering new artificial intelligence (AI) collaborations in our pipeline for 2021 (including our Teach-Try-Use model) to help our partner hospitals learn, appraise, and adopt AI.

Population(s) Served

RAD-AID’s nursing program promotes the advancement of nursing practice throughout our global programs by increasing nursing capacity, knowledge and clinical skills while advocating for the health and well-being of populations in resource-limited settings. We encourage nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and certified radiology nurses to join RAD-AID’s global teams to expand nursing education and optimise radiology services around the world. Since 2012, RAD-AID has partnered with the Association of Radiology Nursing and Imaging (ARIN) to collaborate on curriculum development and implementation of training programs.
Nurse volunteers are especially needed with sub-specialties in CT for the Guyana program; Interventional Radiology for the Tanzania program, Radiation Oncology for the Kenya program; and Women’s Health for breast cancer screening programs in Haiti and India.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Health
Age groups
Health
Age groups
Health

Where we work

Awards

Interagency Task Force on NCD's 2019

United Nations

Affiliations & memberships

World Health Organization 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Volunteers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RAD-AID’s primary goal is to improve and optimize access to radiology and radiation oncology services in resource-poor and medically-underserved regions of the world.
As RAD-AID continues to grow and develop, we hope RAD-AID can achieve two major impacts. On one hand, we hope that RAD-AID can truly help shape the way poor regions and developing countries adopt medical imaging into their health care systems so that patients can receive the health care they need and clinicians can have the diagnostic resources necessary for high quality services. A second impact we hope for is to build the leadership capabilities of our students and residents here in the U.S. to think globally about health and to include multidisciplinary thinking (such as economics, technology, international policy, public health) in their perspectives. We have seen many students and residents come to RAD-AID with the simple desire of wanting to help patients in underserved regions, and we have directly mentored these students and residents to blossom into great leaders at RAD-AID by integrating economic development, technology innovation, public health research, data collection, and clinical strategy into effective solutions. So, RAD-AID's work is not just about helping other countries and the poor, but RAD-AID also aims to cultivate a new generation of health leaders who can think outside the box in charitable and innovative ways.

1- Sustainability
One of RAD-AID’s primary strategies is rooted in creating and implementing sustainable programs to meet the needs of our partner institutions and the communities served. We use a straightforward method for analyzing, planning and implementing projects. The Radiology-Readiness, which is RAD-AID’s trademarked data collection and analysis tool endorsed by the World Health Organization, is used to optimize every radiology project for the specific needs, infrastructure constraint, and health care system attributes of a region, community or facility, in consideration of culture, resources, clinical workflows, and epidemiological patterns of that region.
2- Collaboration and partnerships
We believe in building strong collaborative partnerships with our host institutions and communities. We ensure that our partner institutions are involved within each phase of our programs, throughout program planning, implementation, educational strategies, analysis, and innovation.
3- Education
Our programs are designed to deliver high quality education to support program goals. Whether programs support radiology residency programs, technologist training, or infrastructure deployment, education is core to ensuring that our partners receive the best support possible.

1. We have a base of over 14,000 multidisciplinary radiology and radiation professionals (MDs, trainees, Technologists, Sonographers, IT specialists, Public Health Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse-Midwives, Therapists, Dosimetrists, Medical Physicists, etc)
2. Our large multidisciplinary base of volunteers have in-depth knowledge, skills, and expertise they want to share with their peers who serve communities worldwide.
3. Our partnerships with various institutions and organizations enable us to donate technologies, resources, and infrastructure, which are all supported to ensure that our recipients receive quality resources.
4. Our programs span across 6 continents - we have experience in over 35 countries.
5. We believe in inclusivity and diversity. Our volunteers and supporters come from over 146 countries worldwide.
6. RAD-AID has been in official affiliation with the World Health Organization since 2015. As a nonstate actor, we contribute to the WHO’s broad scale and reach.

Over the last 13 years, RAD-AID has seen tremendous growth. Our regional (country) and operational (discipline specific) programs have increased from a few regional programs, to over 55 programs. We serve in over 35 countries, in more than 80 institutions. We have assisted in growing radiology capacity throughout the world, priding our methods based on sustainability.

Along with our progress and accomplishments, we wanted to highlight some of the most recent accomplishments:
RAD-AID developed the first radiology residency program in Guyana, where historically, no radiologists were trained locally. In early 2021, the first cohort of residents graduated.
RAD-AID developed the first interventional radiology fellowship program in Kenya. Interventional radiology is instrumental in diagnosing and treating conditions and illnesses using minimally invasive techniques. It reduces risks associated with surgery, is cost-effective, and is shown to improve health outcomes.
RAD-AID has successfully deployed and implemented PACS and IT infrastructure throughout the world, supported with health informatics expertise and education. As part of our innovative strategies, we are deploying artificial intelligence software to assist our partner institutions with their diagnostic capabilities.
With current travel restrictions, our organization adopted pivotal educational strategies tailored to our partners’ needs. We have delivered over 2,156 hours of webinars, invested in a robust online learning platform (free for our partners), utilize high-fidelity simulators for training, etc. We have learned to optimize virtual educational tools and leverage tailored strategies to provide quality education and support to our partners.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RAD-AID INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Mollura

Sonnie Dockser

Dockser Family Foundation

Theresa Loar

CH2M

Alyse Nelson

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski

United Nations NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (CSTIP)

Geoffrey Rubin

George Geller Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, Duke University

Michelle Starikovsky

Och-Ziff Capital Management

Liana Watson

ABII Coordinator, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Susan Harvey

The Johns Hopkins University

David Youmans

Princeton Radiology

Geraldine McGinty

Weill Cornell Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/01/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/25/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.