Sierra Leone

What SATMED solution brought:

  • Enable internet access to isolated location
  • Power migration from paper-based management systems to digital registrations
  • Provide e-learning capabilities for visiting German Doctors

In Sierra Leone, German Doctors is active at the Serabu Hospital, located in the Bumpe Ngao chiefdom, and provides quality health services to six chiefdoms. Currently, the hospital covers a population of 60,000 to 70,000 inhabitants, with a little over 100 beds, while being geographically isolated and has no access to higher level secondary care

The use of SATMED by Serabu Hospital first aimed to bring internet access to this isolated location via its connectivity service. This was of particular importance during the Ebola outbreak, enabling the community to stay in contact with the medical staff, to gather actual information about the disease spread and to realize prevention measures accordingly.

To support its activities, Serabu Hospital also chose to use several SATMED applications: teleradiology, consultancy tool, as well as Kobo and cloud service tools. The implementation of these tools help Serabu Hospital power the migration from paper-based to digital management systems starting from e-learning for structured teaching sessions and in synergy with the consultancy tools. Furthermore, the medium-term goal of the hospital by using SATMED is to extend the use of e-health by digital registration of patients with a minimum of clinical information and by collecting health related data in the neighboring villages by visiting teams, notably via mobile health management tools.

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German Doctors is a non-governmental organization founded in 1983 and whose mission is to help people in countries located in the southern hemisphere have access to sufficient basic healthcare services, as well as education; regardless of prestige, ethnic origin, religion, nationality, political conviction, or any other differentiating characteristic.

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