Challenges of radiation safety in Africa
- Inadequate / Lack of adherence to institutional clinical practice guidelines
- Minimal funding and engagement in radiological research
- Lack of policies and regulation in the training and practice of radiation medicine profession.
- Inadequate awareness of the radiology safety policies
- Non-adherence to laid-down procedures for procurement, maintenance, decommissioning and disposal of radiology equipment.
- Available training institution
- Established professional bodies
- Radiation-monitoring of workers, public and environment
- Existing regional and international linkages ; Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear center (CBRN), WHO, IAEA
- Inadequate knowledge, poor attitude and practice in radiation safety
- Financial constraints for quality assurance programs
- Inequitable distribution of radiation facilities and skilled personnel
- Absence of regulatory bodies in some countries.
- Lack of guidelines and imaging appropriateness criteria.
- Existing linkages and collaborations with international bodies and radiological societies
- Networking within Africa
- Similar campaigns and interventions in other parts of the world like EuroSafe, Image Gently
- Emerging economies
- Political instability and insecurity
- Rapid increase in population growth, increase in disease burden and emerging diseases.