- Proposals for outreach project affiliation with WFPI are submitted to WFPI's Outreach Leader and the Executive Committee of WFPI's governing Council for consideration.
- Upon hearing the Outreach Leader's point of view, the Executive Committee (composed of cross-regional, cross-society representatives - click here), takes the final decision to approve (or not) WFPI affiliation by a simple majority vote of ExCom members present at the ExCom meeting at which the proposal was presented.
- Approval will hinge upon alignment with the points set out below AND WFPI's own resources/capacity to contribute.
- When a project has the potential to be particularly demanding or politically charged, the Executive Committee can consult the full Council before moving to a vote.
During its deliberations on approval, WFPI's Executive Committee strives to:
1/ Address pediatric imaging needs regardless of the race, religion, creed or political affiliations of the parties involved
2/ Strike a balance in the geographical spread of its project work in order to represent its global membership, in so far as this is possible
3/ Refer to its strategic framework for guidance, which among others specifies its intention to bolt on to existing projects (reflecting WFPI's areas of expertise and resource-constraints), and form a clear idea of a meaningful operational interface for WFPI (its role in/contribution to the project via tele-reading, teaching, training, tools, guidelines, advocacy, networking, promotion or other) in alignment with WFPI's cross-regional federating approach.
4/ For projects run under the auspices of a WFPI member organization that are deemed non-affiliated to WFPI, WFPI wilingly offers them visibility via its social media platforms, newsletters and website - see here - and hopes to learn from them and collaborate with their leaders. It will however specify that for these projects WFPI acts as a vehicle for visibility alone. They and all other non-affiliated projects count hugely in the global efforts to spread pediatric imaging services worldwide. WFPI aspires to fuel inter-ogranizational synergies whenever it can. But in terms of its own institutional momentum and effective governance, limits on its own project affiliations must be set down.
5/ Rely on individuals among its member societies to identify project opportunities with implementation over time (considered far more likely to secure impact than "fly in, fly out" projects) and lead/assist with project implementation, at least during the start-up stage. To avoid operational disconnect, it is crucial to have personal familiarity with the project site/context within the project steering team.
[If you would like to suggest a WFPI-affiliated project, please ensure you have this critical factor in mind. WFPI does not have the resources to study a country/region's health system, disease burden, work force, infrastructure, sources of support etc. and then dispatch a team to explore the facility in question. Yet such prior assessment is key to operational success. So we look for "bolt-on" proposals built upon existing initiatives, driven forward by a WFPI-associated pediatric radiologist familiar with the context and the site. This physician then takes a lead role in the project team. Here is a form to help any tele-medicine suggestions through the approval process - please contact us for the Word version.]
6/ Secure collaboration from the facility/organization receiving WFPI assistance at institutional level (facility management and imaging/imaging affiliated staff)
[If projects are set up with an individual associated with an institution as opposed to directly with the institution's management - or at least with its imaging/imaging-affiliated staff - there is a risk of low institutional buy-in & compromised sustainability.]
7/ If onsite visits are entailed (teaching, training, other), identify volunteers from the same region or at least the same continent whenever possible/it makes sense in terms of contextual coherency/familiarity, enhancing regional society ties and simple cost effectiveness.
8/ Refer to a number of external reference points during deliberations, e.g.
9/ Handle proposals for outreach work in war torn areas with great caution. The operational demands of conflict settings rapidly outstrip our capacities. However, we do provide MSF/Doctors without Borders imaging support through its tele-medicine platform and Diagnostic Imaging Unit.
Regarding WFPI's affiliation with projects
EITHER WFPI "bolts on" to an existing initiative and becomes a stakeholder - in this case individuals participate with WFPI endorsement (e.g. MSF tele-reading and guidelines, TB work, teaching in Mozambique, Haiti and Ethiopia, ultrasound development with Imaging the World) OR the project/activity is set up entirely by WFPI (to date, tele-reading support - see here)
WFPI is not a donor:
regrettably our revenue does not allow us to fund others' work and we are not aiming to take on the governance & administration entailed in awarding grants
Do you have a proposal for project affiliation to put forward? Contact us