City project

Overall improvement of radiology services

Increasing access to timely and quality imaging procedures within Kigali’s hospitals
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Project lead
Dr Francois Uwinkindi

The challenge

Kigali’s situation analysis identified a number of challenges regarding diagnostic imaging, as well as limited availability of appropriate radiology equipment in referral and district hospitals; insufficient numbers of trained staff; the failure of maintenance service contracts to cover radiology equipment in hospitals; high turnaround time between prescriptions, performance-testing and radiology reports in public hospitals; the lack of a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in these public facilities; no transfer of medical imaging reports between institutions; lack of standardised radiology reports; lack of quality control and quality assurance of radiology departments in the city, and no nuclear medicine department anywhere in the country.

The goal

To increase access to timely and quality imaging procedures within Kigali.


A local multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team was assembled to coordinate the development of the various project outputs, in consultation with local and external experts nominated by the technical cooperation partners of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can).

The selected project team members conducted scientific visits to the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India, a C/Can partner organisation. The final outputs will be endorsed by the City Executive Committee and the relevant authorities for implementation.


  • Diagnostic imaging development plan
  • Standardised quality assurance guidelines in radiology
  • Standardised radiology reporting with core/mandatory elements for staging of breast and cervical cancer


Project Lead (City Activity Coordinator)
Dr Francois Uwinkindi
Project Coordinator
Dr Fidens Dusabeyezu
Project team
Dr Jean Jacques Nshizirungu
Dr Jean Paul Ruboneka

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