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Telemedicine in the rural areas of Zambia

04/11/2011 - 02:26 PM

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Chikuni, Zambia

Chikuni Mission Hospital

Chikuni, Zambia

The Zambia Project is an initiative promoted by the not-for-profit Nexus Mundi Foundation (NMF) in which Telecom Italia is involved as a technological partner. The aim is to encourage agricultural, entrepreneurial and healthcare development in a number of Zambian towns by providing connectivity.

The initiative involves the installation of Community Media Centres (CMCs), which combine Internet access, computer and media and office equipment and allow content sharing, in the most important locations for the communities of Lusaka, Chikuni and Kasisi: hospitals, schools, churches, radio stations, care homes, cultural centres. Each CMC is connected to the others by wi-fi and to the Internet by satellite, although a broadband cable connection is expected to be installed soon.

Specific attention was focused on the Chikuni Mission Hospital, a real healthcare outpost in the middle of the savannah, which required urgent action to be taken. In addition to the above services, a telephone system was installed with a switchboard and GSM terminals, with all the related services and a small private network for emergency services, making a fundamental technological contribution to the health (and survival) of thousands of patients.