Sonosite and Bridge To Health: POCUS Training in Uganda

January 06, 2019

To celebrate 20 years of helping clinicians bring ultrasound to the point of care, Sonosite partnered with Canadian NGO Bridge To Health and Uganda's Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO) to help them train Ugandan medical officers on how to diagnose pediatric pneumonia and scan breast masses to rule out cancer.

As Bridge To Health's Founder and Chair Dr. William Cherniak puts it, "Bridge To Health's principle is partnership. That's what makes us so different than other global health programs. "

With that philosophy of partnership in mind, Bridge to Health worked with Sonosite's Global Health Program to transport and donate Sonosite M-Turbo ultrasound systems to KIHEFO so local medical officers could create a sustainable healthcare program with point-of-care ultrasound at the core.  

"For the people we're working with in rural Uganda or rural Kenya, they don't really have the choice between ultrasound and another diagnostic imaging technology like CT or MRI, it's really ultrasound or nothing. Being able to have a portable ultrasound machine that can be brought out to them is life-changing." 

- Emma Forte Sczudlo, Program Coordinator, Bridge To Health


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