MALI: HOSPITAL AT DIMMBAL USES STAELLITE INTERNET FOR TELEMEDICINE
In the hospital at Dimbal situated some 750 kilometres from Mali's capital Bamako, patients can now benefit directly from the medical opinion of experts. How? Via a Geolink Access satellite which allows this small village to be connected to a world-wide network.
Doctors from Geneva and Mali can ask each other questions in case of difficulties from a distance of 6,000 kms."The new infrastructure allows us to have access to a wide range of opinion," according to Ousmane Ly, the organiser of the telemedicine network. The hospital has only eight beds but serves a locality of 2,000 people in Dogon country. The network is an initiative for "la mission archéologique et ethnoarchéologique suisse en Afrique occidentale (Maesao). Dimbal is a pilot project.
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