The Road 2 IR’s mission is to help provide local training opportunities for interventional radiology in Tanzania. In May 2019, they, along with 20 sets of FIGS, headed to Africa to assist end stage renal disease patients.
We spoke with fellow, Michelle, to get more details on their trip.
WHO WAS ON YOUR TEAM?
An attending physician, a fellow (me!), nurses, techs, and a medical student
WHAT WAS THE MAIN GOAL OF THE MISSION?
Our goal for this trip (we send a team out every month for two weeks) was to be able to place permanent dialysis catheters for end-stage renal disease patients. Some of these patients had their temporary catheters, which should be in for 60 days at most, for a year and a half.
WHERE DID YOU TRAVEL?
Our main hospital was Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
WHAT WORK DID THE TEAM DO DURING THE MISSION?
We provided interventional radiology procedures to the people of Tanzania and trained new fellows to be able to do these procedures themselves.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE ON THIS TRIP.
It was so fulfilling to be able to share my passion with like-minded individuals. Everyone — the physicians consulting with us and the patients — were so happy that we were there to provide minimally invasive procedures. This should not be a luxury — it should be available to all and it all starts here.
HOW DID FIGS HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY?
FIGS gave us something to look forward to in the morning. We woke up and put on fresh scrubs and looked like a team. This translated into our workflow and our mindset. What a difference it makes to know you are supported by amazing people miles and miles away. We came with supplies, helping hands, and hearts full of love and gratitude to be able to serve the beautiful people of Tanzania.
When we started FIGS, we created our Threads for Threads initiative to donate scrubs to healthcare professionals who work in resource-poor countries and lack the proper uniforms to do their jobs safely. By providing clean scrubs to these individuals, we aim to empower them and improve the quality of care they provide. We also partner with amazing organizations and Awesome Humans who help us deliver the scrubs — as well as donate their time, expertise, and care.