The Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) is registered by the registrar of societies in Kenya under the Societies Act Cap 108, as a society exempted from registration, a provision contained in Section 10 of this Act. NB: Exemption of a society is purely at the discretion of the Minister.
The Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) is a professional body that caters for the professional interests of all the radiographers practicing in Kenya. Founded in 1962, the Society boasts of having a registered membership of about 1070 practicing radiographers, which is estimated to be more than 90% of the diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers in Kenya. The Society is affiliated to related professional and community bodies including International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT), Association of professional societies in East Africa (APSEA) and the Ministry of Health in Kenya.
In order to create synergy and enhance effectiveness in the execution of its mandate, the society is also seeking collaborative alliances with renowned training institutions like the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. We are also working to put into effect a collaborative MOU with the Radiation Protection Board of Kenya to ensure our members are compliant as far as matters related to radiation protection and safety are concerned.
SORK is a non-profit making national organization that provides professional support for radiographers. It is directly responsible for the Professional, Educational, Research, Public Service and Workplace interest of its members. It also determines the radiological health care agenda and gives opinion in a wide range of professional issues. In addition, it also sets the practicing and training standards that become the policies co-opted and acclaimed by the government and health professionals in the country. The activities of SORK are geared towards carrying out quality control, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Continuous Education (CE) all over the country and it accredits the CPD points attained for onward transmission to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) has a vision, to make Radiography a fully fledged independent profession in Kenya.
To empower Radiographers in Kenya with professional skills and knowledge, through creation of structures that will effectively be used for professional advancement, career progression and able representation.
The Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) was formed in 1962 as a Voluntary Professional Welfare Society. After rigorous training by the colonialists, the radiographers then renamed it the Association of Radiographers, Kenya abbreviated as (AORK). This association presented the interests of its members to the Government. Around the 1970s, its name was again changed to Kenya Association of Radiographers (KAR).
However, the Registrar of Societies did NOT formalize this, and hence as per official Government records the society was still known as AORK. On the 9th of October 2004 in a Special General meeting attended by over 130 Radiographers at Reef Hotel Mombasa; the Association transformed itself into a Society known as The SOCIETY OF RADIOGRAPHY IN KENYA (SORK) through the adoption of an interim constitution with new modern structures. This was followed by amendments and ratification at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 26th, 2005 in Nairobi, where new officials were elected.
Incidentally, the training of Radiographers was started in the late 1950s at Port Florence now the Western Kenyan City of Kisumu and over the years matured into a Diploma course in Diagnostic Radiography at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Nairobi.
Acting as a coordinating umbrella body in education and training, Government (Ministry of Health) and private practice.
Making initiatives to the Government as well as regional and international bodies for the betterment of the radiography profession.
Guiding and maintaining standards in the profession.
The success of the roles has attracted certain Objectives that SORK has to focus on, to attain their vision. The objectives are;
What we don't get today we'll get tomorrow!