How it happens

Project submission:

At present, outreach project recommendations are passed on to the Executive Committee of WFPI's Council for endorsement. 
Both the Executive Committee and our outreach group are composed of cross-regional, cross-society representatives (click here). When a project has the potential to be particularly demanding or high profile, the Executive Committee and outreach group make a specific point of prior information circulation to the full Council before any decision is taken.


The WFPI Council strives to

1/ Address pediatric imaging needs alone, regardless of the race, religion, creed or political affiliations of the parties involved

2/ Strike a balance in its geographical spread 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

4/ Rely on individuals among its member societies to identify project opportunities and lead/assist leading the projects, at least at the start-up stage. To avoid operational disconnect, it is crucial to secure personal familiarity with the project site within the WFPI team. We would like to stress this point. If you would like to suggest a WFPI project, please ensure follow-through with this factor in mind!
[The WFPI rarely has the resources to study a country/region's health system, disease burden, work force, infrastructure and other factors, then dispatch a team to identify and/or assess (onsite) a facility to support. So it generally opts for proposals built upon an existing project, driven forward by a WFPI-associated physician familiar with the setting and partners. This physician then leads the project, or plays a key role in the WFPI project team.  Here is a form to help any tele-medicine suggestions through the selection process - please contact us for the Word version.]
5/ Secure collaboration from the facility/organization receiving WFPI assistance at institutional level
[If WFPI sets up operations with an individual based within/associated with an institution as opposed to the institution itself, there is a risk of low institutional buy-in & compromised sustainability.]

6/ Refers to a number of external reference points, e.g.

7/ The WFPI does not target war torn areas for the delivery of its support. The operational demands of conflict settings outstrip our volunteer resources. However, we do provide MSF/Doctors without Borders imaging services through its tele-medicine platform.

Regarding WFPI's association 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 guidelines, TB work, teaching in Mozambique, Haiti and Ethiopia) OR the project/activity is set up entirely by WFPI and is thus reliant on WFPI's institutional sponsorship (MSF tele-reading, Khayeltisha, IGICH, Malawi)

Other clarifications 

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

Independent endeavours cannot be included in WFPI’s project portfolio - i.e. endeavours set up and implemented with no WFPI Council input or oversight. However, when these endeavours are run by WFPI Member Organizations or physicians within them, WFPI willingly provides opportunities to raise their visibility (via WFPI website, newsletters, other - specified as independent endeavours) and if possible, harnesses their networks for the diffusion of WFPI-collated tools. WFPI warmly encourages the involvement of these external project leaders in its work: their expertise is welcomed.

The challenges entailed

The complexities of attributing international aid have long been the subject of academic research. Click here for an article pinpointing the multiple sources of influence affecting project choice.

© Christophe Lassalle