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Is Africa a ‘Graveyard’ for Linear Accelerators?

Africa should not be a “graveyard” for Linear Accelerators. There is an urgent need to develop a highly skilled workforce of specifically trained engineers, technicians and physicists necessary to ensure linear accelerators can be safely operated, maintained and serviced in low- and middle-income countries in Africa where the incidence of cancer is disproportionately high. Proper maintenance and repair plans, when implemented, reflect the continent’s capacity to maintain, install, commission and repair the highly technical medical equipment.

Africa Graveyard of Linacs