In the conclusions of the Telemedicine workshop held in Brussels on 27 January 2006, where the potential of satellite telecommunication technology was demonstrated as a tool for supporting healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa, it was declared that a complete picture of the telemedicine opportunities offered by feasible and affordable applications in sub-Saharan Africa is very much needed.
To achieve this goal, a task force, named Telemedicine Task Force (TTF) for sub-Saharan Africa and composed of the relevant African Organizations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission (EC) and ESA has been set up to define a framework of appropriate actions for a telemedicine programme in the sub-Saharan African region and to support the definition of a cost-benefit study to evaluate the relevance of a pan-African network for telemedicine.
Opened with a message of good wishes sent by Stefano Manservisi, EC Director General of Development, the meeting was held in the Conference Centre Albert Borschette. The participants included representatives of some regional African economic communities (the East African Community (EAC) and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Communaut conomique et Montaire de l'Afrique Centrale CEMAC)), the African Bank of Development, the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) Secretariat, the WHO (Headquarters and African regional office), the EC (Directorate-General of Development, Directorate-General of Information Society and Media, and Directorate-General of Enterprise and Industry) and ESA (Directorate of European Union and Industrial Programmes).
The TTF for sub-Saharan Africa decided, in this meeting, to carry out the following tasks:
to draw upon WHO and country assessments of the status of the existing health infrastructures in the sub-Saharan Afri
Contact: Giorgio Parentela
European Space Agency