Pan-African e-Network initiative was conceived and proposed by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India in 2004 to connect all the 53 nations of the African Union with India by a satellite and fiber optic network that would provide effective infra-structure for tele-education, telemedicine, Internet, videoconferencing and VoIP services and also to support e-Governance, e-Commerce, infotainment, etc. It is being funded by the Government of India with an approved budgeted cost of about US$ 117 Million and the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has been designated as the Nodal Ministry and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) has been designated as the turnkey Implementing Agency. TeleVital was chosen by TCIL to provide telemedicine solutions to the entire network consisting of remote hospitals in 53 African countries, 5 African Super Specialty hospitals and 12 Indian Super Specialty hospitals.
So far, telemedicine facilities consisting of medical equipments, cameras, telemedicine software, PCs, etc. have been commissioned in 42 African countries listed below and patient end hospitals in these countries are getting online as well as offline consultations from the 16 listed Super Specialty hospitals. 8 more countries are going to be connected in the next 12 months. The telemedicine network also provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) services based on the selected Super Specialty disciplines in the medical courses offered by the Indian and AU Regional Super Specialty Hospitals as a certificate and diploma course as per the AU requirement. Similarly 5 Universities in India and 4 regional Universities in Africa are providing tele-education services to the learning centers in 45 African countries.
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