Move to the center of Dhaka
Initially located outside Dhaka, SCMPCR moved to an office in the city in 2021, making it easier for people to reach. The premises are still rented, but the declared aim is to build a permanent center. Zakaria is committed to this together with Dr. Frank W. Hensley and Volker Steil, all three of whom have been supporting the SCMPCR from the very beginning.
E-learning and hands-on programs
The SCMPCR has set four priorities in its continuing education program: prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation. E-learning courses were held in the fields of radiation therapy and diagnostic radiology in 2021 and 2022. Scientists from all over the world, including Germany, China, Singapore and the USA, participated in them. These courses are accredited, which means that participants receive certificates that enable them to prove their qualifications. In addition, the Senior Experts Service, a foundation of German business for international cooperation that provides volunteer specialists and executives, regularly sends experts from Germany to Bangladesh. A biomedical technician was on site for three weeks in November 2022. He instructed the staff in two hospitals in the handling of linear accelerators, X-ray machines and computer tomographs. Specialist staff also came from other hospitals in the country to attend these lessons. This successful program is to be continued in the future.
Starting from 2023, hands-on training is to provided again. The SCMPCR is in close contact with PTW for this purpose. In addition to financial resources, PTW also supports the SCMPCR with technical support by regularly sending experts for hands-on training to Bangladesh. The medical physics equipment, which the course participants use to practice, is always included in the baggage.
Tino Ebneth, head of PTW's Dosimetry School, will conduct a training program on modern radiotherapy in February 2023. “We are very pleased to be able to support the SCMPCR with this program again personally and on site. The exchange of knowledge is very valuable and the direct conversations are irreplaceable," Mr. Ebneth explained.