Nadia Naumova, MD, fellow of ASCP, recently began using a digital pathology platform to assist a small country in southeast Africa as part of a team with ASCP.
eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a small landlocked country in southeast Africa. There is only one hospital, in the capital city, with a single pathologist on staff who is extremely busy and has very limited resources.
Cases are uploaded on the platform so volunteer pathologists can review them as they have time.
Naumova reviews cases online, in her areas of expertise - oncologic and gastrointestinal pathology - provides diagnoses and in a timely manner directly impacts patient management and treatment decisions.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the largest organization of pathologists and laboratory professionals in the world (more than 100,000 members). Its current programs and activities reach more than 100 counties outside of the United States.
Naumova is part of a team of 15 pathologists around the United States serving eSwatini.
"I am a lifelong volunteer, and recently have decided to join the team of pathologist volunteers at ASCP for global outreach and serve in my areas of expertise - oncologic and gastrointestinal pathology to underserved communities around the world," Naumova said.
The eSwatini team went live recently and there are now more than 100 cases with expert diagnosis.
"I am so privileged to be able to volunteer in this capacity," Naumova said. "This is a rewarding experience for me since I am not only gaining experience with the online telepathology platform but also learning more about diseases endemic for the region."