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.
Many medical professionals in resource-poor areas do not have access to basic medical supplies — including scrubs. Here at FIGS, we’ve built relationships with over sixty amazing organizations to make sure every doctor, nurse and technician has the workwear they need to protect themselves, their patients and provide the highest quality care possible, no matter their location or economic circumstance.