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Type Journal Article - The Journal of Global Radiology
Title Using Village Health Teams for Effective Ultrasound Education in Rural Uganda
Author(s)
Volume 1
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1017&context=jgr
Abstract
Maternal and child health conditions, many of which can be detected by ultrasound, represent the
highest burden of disease in Uganda. Imaging the World (ITW) is a not-for-profit organization which
integrates high quality, affordable ultrasound services into rural health facilities. Of all the challenges
faced with implementation of ITW programs in Uganda, lack of sensitization to ultrasound represented
the greatest barrier. The Village Health Team (VHT) is an existing public health “train the trainer”
model, sponsored by the Uganda Ministry of Health, that provides public health training to community
volunteers. Trained VHT members were recruited to help with ultrasound community outreach and
education. These VHT members were successful in achieving dramatic community acceptance
and increased utilization of ultrasound services in rural communities. This has led to significant
contributions in improving population health in low-resource settings.

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