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Heading Into Eastern Africa with a Pocket-sized Ultrasound

Portable digital medical equipment offers new ways of improving Africa's "First Mile" of care - that first touchpoint for delivering better primary care to communities and individuals.  Dr. Nicola Mumoli and seven other Bhalobasa volunteers , equipped with GE Healthcare's Vscan™ with Dual Probe - a pocket-sized Ultrasound machine, have been working with the community of Kampala and surrounding towns in Uganda and Tanzania  to give patients immediate diagnosis and care. "The pocket-sized Ultrasound machine's portability allowed us to scan these patients both in a clinical setting and also in more rural settings," said Dr. Mumoli. Read more. More about GE in Africa in this BRIEFING

At the city's main hospital, the team was struck by the outdated machinery, influx of foreign doctors, and lack of resources. 'The local medical community was eager to learn about general imaging, in particular to scan the bladder, abdomen and chest. They have many medical problems in their community and often no solutions,' said Dr. Mumoli

Dr. Mumoli and the team of volunteers spent time with children who had lost their parents to various diseases and were living in tough conditions. 'Despite all this, their faces were lit up with happiness and smiles. Their resillience was truly inspiring,' he said


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