E-health Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Client name: European Space Agency
Duration: December 2014


E-health Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa study aimed at analysing and assessing the sustainability, liability and business aspects of satellite-enhanced telemedicine/e-health in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation (LuxDev). It was conducted by the CTO in collaboration with other consortium members including:- Avanti Communications PLC (coordinator of the project), eHealth and telemedicine professionals from the Reseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Telemedicine (RAFT), the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care & Telemedicine (NST) and the International Institute for Communication & Development (IICD).

The research study conducted a Survey of the Sub-Saharan Africa area to help determine the potential sustainability of satellite-enhanced eHealth solutions. The Survey drew on foundations and reference material established in surveys conducted by the Global Observatory for eHealth of the World Health Organization (WHO) during 2009 and 2013. It also identified e-health/m-health initiatives around the world and investigated reasons for their success or failure in the form of case studies. The CTO team completed four case studies on e-health/m-health initiatives in Nigeria, Vanuatu, India, and Pakistan.
The consortium also identified and described business cases for a number of e-health/m-health applications or projects, highlighting the critical elements for sustainability.

CTO aims to explore ways to ensure that the online tools and applications that have been developed in the project will be accessible to its members. This will enable other developing countries (especially from the Commonwealth) to have access to the tools and framework with a view to implementing satellite-based e-health solutions.

Expected impact

  • The project will provide knowledge and therefore identify the factors and constraints on the suitable economic models for supporting long-term sustainability of satellite-enhanced telemedicine and e-health infrastructure and services in Africa, and the world as a whole.
  • This project will facilitate the establishment of e-health services in Africa.

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