Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Workshop On Telemedicine For Africa

Telemedicine. Credits: ESA
by Staff Writers
Brussels, Belgium (ESA) Feb 01, 2006
A one-day workshop with the aim of better understanding how satellite telecommunications might be useful for improving and complementing African healthcare systems was held in Brussels on 27 January 2006.

The workshop addressed not only improvements to existing healthcare systems but also how to efficiently respond to major health needs in remote areas of Africa and landlocked countries. Experts presented concrete examples of telemedicine-via-satellite services in order to demonstrate the relevance of space technology.

The workshop represents the first step by the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and ESA's Directorate of European Union and Industrial Programmes in implementing common initiatives within the framework of the European Union/African Union Infrastructure Partnership.

This initiative also takes into account the African Union Infrastructures and Energy Programme and considers that the African Union, in the framework of the Developing Telecommunication and ICT Policy and Infrastructure, has initiated and is supporting and facilitating a number of projects including:

  • elaboration of a telecommunications and ICT policy framework for Africa
  • creation of a pan-African e-network for telemedicine

    Telecommunications figures prominently in the Africa-EU Partnership for Infrastructure.

    The workshop

    Mr Stefano Manservisi, the European Union's Director General of Development opened the workshop, which was attended by health policy managers from the African Union, the African e-Commission and African Regional Economics Communities, who are seen as representatives of potential users.

    Mr Giuseppe Viriglio, ESA's Director of European Union and Industrial Programmes, presented ESA's satellite telecommunication applications. He confirmed the Agency's interest in and willingness to continue its commitment to this common initiative.

    Representatives of the African Regional Economics Communities and of the e-Africa Commission informed the workshop about the dramatic situation of African healthcare and provided information on the status of existing telecommunications infrastructures.

    The workshop was also attended by satellite telemedicine technology experts from ESA, the World Health Organisation and European industry, including Alcatel Alenia Space, Medes, OP 2000, and Telespazio. Representative from the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and several European Commission Directorates also participated.

    The workshop covered all telemedicine services and activities available via satellite and demonstrated the relevance of space technology for improving and complementing African health service structures.

    In his concluding address to the workshop, Mr Manservisi said: "We need of a complete picture of opportunities for telemedicine via satellite (and of other e-services as well) in the Sub-Sahara African regions."

    Mr Manservisi then proposed the setting up a of a task force, composed of representatives from the African Organisations, ESA's Directorate of European Union and Industrial Programmes, the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and the World Health Organisation.

    The task force will define a detailed roadmap identifying a suitable set of actions to be implemented before end of June 2006, including a cost-benefit study that will be carried out in order to evaluate the implementation a satellite based pan-African telemedicine network.

    Related Links
    -

    NATO Ends Quake Relief Operations In Pakistan
    Islamabad (AFP) Jan 31, 2006
    NATO Tuesday announced the end of its 90-day relief operation in quake-ravaged regions of northwest Pakistan and Kashmir, saying its troops had successfully completed their mission.







  • NATO Ends Quake Relief Operations In Pakistan
  • Workshop On Telemedicine For Africa
  • 'Biobullets' Fight Harmful Mussels
  • Natural Disasters Killed 91,900 In 2005

  • Sat Portrait Of Global Plant Growth Will Aid Climate Research
  • Two New Lakes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Polar Ice Sheets Could Start To Melt This Century
  • Of Mice Men Trees And The Global Carbon Cycle

  • Airborne And Sat Radars Record Frascati Grape Harvest
  • Raytheon And SGI Tech Process NOAA'S GOES-R Sats Data
  • Landsat 5 Resumes Operations
  • Japan's ALOS In Orbit: ESA Will Deliver Its Data To European Researchers

  • Russia Muzzles Experts Critical Of Oil Pipeline To Asia
  • Ethanol Can Replace Gasoline With Big Energy Savings
  • Portugal Pushes Back Deadline For International Wind Farm Bids
  • Energy Techs Cut Path To Reduced Emissions

  • Avian Influenza Arrives In Middle East
  • Vaccine Provides 100% Protection Against Avian Flu Virus In Animal Study
  • Scientists Says Bird Flu Threatens National Security
  • Internet Game Provides Breakthrough In Predicting The Spread Of Epidemics

  • Secrets Of The Sea Yield Stronger Artificial Bone
  • Wildlife Experts Meet In India To Save Vultures From Extinction
  • Pitt Professor's Theory Of Evolution Gets Boost From Cell Research
  • Life Leaves Subtle Signature In The Lay Of The Land, Say Berkeley Researchers

  • Chronic Oil Pollution Takes Toll On Seabirds Along SAmerican Coast
  • French Nuclear Watchdog Gives Thumbs-Up To Deep Waste Burial
  • Questions Linger After Songhua River Spill
  • Rain Gardens Soak Up Urban Storm Water Pollution

  • Study Suggests Why Neanderthals Vanished
  • New Technique Puts Brain-Imaging Research On Its Head
  • New Maps Reveal True Extent Of Human Footprint On Earth
  • Distinct Brain Regions Specialized For Faces And Bodies

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement