Welcome to SDNP
Tele-health System ...
15 months long “e-Health & Learning” (e-HL) project
was deployed in January 2003 by Sustainable Development
Networking Programme (SDNP) Bangladesh which was funded
by the European Commission under the Asia IT&C programme.
The project was coordinated by the Center for Research
of Applications of Telematics to Organization and Society
(CRATOS) of Catholic University in Italy. The other
partners were The University of Birmingham in UK and
Bangladesh University Of Engineering And Technology
(BUET) in Bangladesh.
The project built two network segments
using point-to-point radio link with a bi-directional
bandwidth of 2 Mbps. The first setup of the segment
was in Dhaka and it connected the SDNP node at BIDS
with the Comfort Nursing Home, covering an air distance
of about 8 km. The second one was established from SDNP
node in Mymensingh (120 km away from Dhaka) to a Community
Based Medical College and Hospital (CBMCH), about 6
km away from Mymensingh node, creating a length of 134
km (including existing 120 km of SDNP backbone) of radio
link with 4 hops in between.
During that phase eight seminars were
delivered to doctors in Dhaka and Mymensingh in Bangladesh.
Several workshops and seminars were also held locally
and internationally. The “International Conference on
e-Health in Developing Countries (e-HDC 2004)” Universitа
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, 31 May-1 June 2004;
"Telemedicine plans for developing countries"
Auditorium Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano, Piacenza,
Italy, 2 March 2004; "Seminar Presenting EU-Asia
IT&C, Asia Invest and other Grant Programmes relevant
for applicants from Bangladesh" BRAC Center, Dhaka,
Bangladesh, 26 February 2004; “Workshop on Telemedicine”
Council Building, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9 January
2004 were among the activities. Real time video streaming
was arranged during the workshops and later recorded
over public network and LAN.
As a follow up of the telemedicine
initiative in Bangladesh, SDNP Bangladesh has started
telemedicine sessions from early August 2005. The project
has arranged three seminars in August with Cox’s Bazar
regional node and Satkhira regional node using its own
infrastructure and manpower. Among the three, two sessions
were held in between Cox's Bazar and Dhaka head office
(August 05, 2005 & August 26, 2005), and one with
Satkhira and Dhaka head office (August 19, 2005) to
exchange medical information. These sessions included
real patients at the remote and with one physician,
and one medical expert was present at the head office
to provide suggestions acting as third opinion. These
sessions will continue (every Friday) for each of the
regions of SDNP Bangladesh (Cox's Bazar, Dinajpur, Mymensingh
and Satkhira) throughout the rest of 2006.