Published on: Jun 15, 2016
SES has partnered with Fondation Follereau Luxembourg (FLL) to improve the quality of healthcare offered to Buruli ulcer patients in Benin. SES recently deployed a SatMed e-health platform to Centre de Depistage et de traitement de l’Ulcere de Buruli (the Centre for Detection and Treatment of Buruli Ulcer), or CDTUB, in Allada, Benin.
FFL will use the satellite-based platform to communicate with doctors and medical experts from around the world, access online training tools and establish video conferencing, data collection and analysis facilities. The organisation hopes to establish a consultation office at CDTUB, improve communication between patients and medical staff, and raise awareness of tropical diseases.
Violaine Alves, project manager at FLL, said, “We are pleased to partner with SES for this important project, which will allow early detection of symptoms in patients, significantly improving treatment and recovery rate.” She explained that the Buruli Ulcer is difficult to detect without proper training, “so raising awareness in the community with SatMed will be of utmost benefit”.
The Buruli ulcer is an infectious disease that, if left untreated, impairs immune system function and can infect bone. CDTUB treated 700 patients for the disease in 2015, and the SatMed e-health platform will mean that the facility can not only treat more patients, but provide these patients with the best possible medical care.
The platform at CDTUB is the second SatMed e-health platform in Burundi, after the SatMed e-health platform, was successfully deployed to a remote maternity hospital in Ahozonnoude in June 2014.