Occupational Health

Foundations and corporations offering health insurance services in low and medium income countries can use digital radiology for quick and cost efficient screening of employees and their dependents to support occupational health. For instance thousands of mine workers in Kitwe, Zambia are screened regularly on lung diseases by using low cost digital radiography.

The Health Insurance Fund services which are rolled out in for instance Nigeria and Tanzania (supported by Dutch organizations and the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation) could also take benefit of standardized digital screening protocols on lung diseases for large groups of employees allowing to share and analyse images for improving working conditions.

Occupational Health and Safety is the most important part of social responsibility for Corporations as the impact of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria presents itself in

  • lower labour supply
  • decrease of retirement age
  • absenteeism, decreased productivity
  • increased employee turnover
  • rising healthcare / medical insurance costs