Mobile X-Ray Project
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Dominica, destroying the island’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, homes and buildings. Oncology care, including breast cancer screening, was provided at the main hospital in the capital, Roseau. Due to significant damage by hurricane Maria, these services have been significantly limited. Cancer patients barely have place to receive therapy and screening is not a priority as the government tries to rebuild. The hurricane has also exacerbated the preexisting lack of access for residents in the rural villages.
The purpose of this project is to find a solution by bringing breast cancer screening in the villages to the people. In a study which was reported in the June 2, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, Dominica was ranked 3rd in cancer deaths in the world, behind Mongolia and Zimbabwe. World-wide, among women, breast cancer is the commonest cancer and most common cause of death. While the rate is decreasing in ‘developed nations’, the rate is increasing in developing countries. Among the Caribbean islands, Dominica has emerged as having the highest rate of breast cancer.
Given these statistics, compounded by the hurricane, we are looking at an innovative way to improve breast cancer screening by bringing care to underserved communities with limited access to the main hospitals. Currently, there is minimal capability for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer on the island. The mobile unit will be a coach, fitted with a mammogram machine and breast ultrasound, able to be driven to health clinics in villages. Patients can come to the unit to get screening close to home.
We are working with a reputable company in the US, building mobile medical units which are being successfully used for breast cancer screening in rural America.CONTACT US TO SUPPORT