TELEMEDICINE SEMINARS IN CAPE VERDE AND INAUGURATION OF PHASE 1 OF THE PROGRAM (2013-01-11)

ITF Enhancing Human Security is in cooperation with International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation implementing Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Program in Cape Verde, since July 2012. Multiphase program is being financed by the Republic of Slovenia within the framework of Development Cooperation Program agreed with Republic of Cape Verde. With its holistic approach, program focuses on establishing infrastructure - providing telemedicine equipment to selected hospitals in Cape Verde as well as training experts that will work in and maintain the telemedicine network.

First Intensive Conference on Telemedicine and e-health in Cape Verde was organized in October 2012 on main Island Santiago. Since only healthcare experts from main Island Santiago had a possibility to participate, the Conference was followed by implementation of several clinical seminars throughout the islands of Cape Verde to introduce telemedicine and e-health applications to everyone involved. Smaller clinical seminars were implemented in line with installation of first shipment of telemedicine equipment to selected hospitals in Cape Verde and in line with technical seminars where experts were introduced with how to use the equipment.

In December 2012, two clinical seminars were implemented, one on northern part of Island Santiago where also experts from Island Maio participated, and second on Island Fogo where also experts from Island Brava participated. By this, all 4 islands being part of Sotavento islands of Cape Verde were covered and people basically informed on telemedicine and e-health applications.

Further on, a bigger Telemedicine Course was implemented in January 11, 2013 on Island Sao Vicente with a special focus on Barlavento islands in Cape Verde. The course was attended by healthcare experts and relevant stakeholders from islands Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Boa Vista and Sal that are part of Barlavento islands as well as from Santiago and Fogo that are part of Sotavento islands. Through the courses, participants were introduced to all basic elements of telemedicine and e-health, including presentation on case studies of different Telemedicine Programs worldwide. 

On the same day, 11 January 2013, IVeH has in cooperation with ITF and Ministry of Health Cape Verde organized Inauguration of Phase 1 of the Telemedicine Program in Cape Verde. On the ceremony main stakeholders stressed the importance of the Telemedicine program for this developing country, from Minister of Health Cape Verde, Dra. Maria Cristina Lopez Almeida Fontes Lima, to ITF Deputy Director, Mr. Goran Gačnik, IVeH President, prof. dr. Rifat latifi and other respectful guests. Opening ceremony was followed by each hospital from Cape Verde that was connected to the network using the telemedicine equipment we have installed, and Minister of Health Cape Verde has moderated the connection itself.

By this, first phase of the Telemedicine Program in Cape Verde is being successfully concluded and framework for initiation of second phase established. 





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