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A 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.

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