EPOS recently completed a feasibility study for a telemedicine project in Afghanistan in order to support KfW in developing concrete projects related to innovations in the health sector. The aim of the potential project is to improve the accessibility and availability of basic health services for the under-served and remote population. It should build on existing initiatives to expand and strengthen the telemedicine network in the four northern provinces of Afghanistan, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakshan and Balkh.
In view of the security restrictions for international expert travel, an improved mechanism for remote collaboration was created by a combined team of international and Afghan specialists. The local team assessed the status of the potential beneficiary health facilities. It formed the basis for determining the relevance, feasibility and sustainability of a future project that focuses on improving the connectivity of different sites for the use of telemedicine in an integrated telemedicine network.
Systematic identification and tracking of progress at the beneficiary sites was ensured by an innovative tool which photographed the facilities through a drone with time, date and location stamps. Findings and recommendations of the feasibility study have been presented to KfW Development Bank and the German Foreign Office, in order to determine funding for a project to support network expansion, upgrading of facilities as well as constructing a mother and child centre in Faizabad.