The main focus of the eMedMed Project is to improve through the new technologies of Telemedicine the health conditions of the Southern Mediterranean Countries.
The eMedMed project provides e-services through an innovative platform system that links main, local and peripheral hubs, overcoming a large amount of healthcare problems, such as malnutrition, obesity, and the chronic diseases brought on by sedentary lifestyles and tobacco smoking. Moreover, the project is specifically devoted to face the health security challenges that the migrant emergency is provoking.
The area of intervention of the eMedMed project is the Southern Mediterranean shore, i.e. in Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The partner hospitals that act as “Local Hubs” for the Project are:
Morocco: Rabat, Moroccan Society for Telemedicine and E-Health; University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fes
Egypt: Cairo, Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education and Development.
Libya: Tripoli, Diabetes Hospital; National Center For Disease Control
Tunisia: Tunis, Association for Promoting Pulmonology and Allergology
The main tasks are:
- boosting the capacity of national health-care systems to make health services accessible to the population at large with the use of telemedicine;
- increasing medical and paramedical professionalism and performance through continuous e-training;
giving remote assistance in the delivery of health-care;
- integrating knowledge in the region via the e-Services Mediterranean Platform, linking service users and service providers, as the Italian hospitals and centers of excellence;
- giving assistance during the migrants landing on the Mediterranean shores.
The eMedMed Project addresses four tiers of beneficiaries:
- The first is the tier of medical institutions involved at the country level that will benefit from professional advancement of staff, upgrading of existing technology, and enhancement of services quality and accessibility;
- The second is the tier of assisted population, with an emphasis on patients located in remote communities or communities with scarce presence of healthcare structures and services;
- The third is the tier of national health systems where the capacity installed is meant to be replicated at a larger scale;
- The fourth is the regional tier where a platform for sector integration will be launched.