SNMMI Receives $750K Grant to Assist Nuclear Medicine Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 29, 2020

Reston, VA—The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) a grant for $750,000 over three years to support capacity building for nuclear medicine initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. The grants will help address a growing need in Africa for nuclear medicine training and program development.

“We thank the NNSA for providing this unique opportunity,” said SNMMI President Alan Packard, PhD. “We are very excited to be able to work with countries in this region to expand patient access to nuclear medicine procedures that will improve the health and well-being of their citizens.”

As part of its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the United States has agreed to facilitate the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including for medical purposes. In addition to the SNMMI grant, the NNSA also awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant to the Radiological Society of North America.

“These new partnerships will help expand access to this vital knowledge to a part of the world that needs these services,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Brent Park, PhD.

An SNMMI DoE Grant Task Force, chaired by Suzanne Lapi, PhD, will manage activities related to the grant. Task force member Giuseppe Esposito, MD, attended a workshop in Nigeria in December to establish contacts with medical professionals and officials from sub-Saharan African countries and learn about their capabilities and needs.

The task force is now further researching needs and capacities of potential target nations, with a goal of narrowing its focus to two or three countries in varying stages of program development.

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