Families in areas of Benin, West Africa, and more than 1,000 children dispersed across the community are now able to receive enhanced medical care. Working in conjunction with Safe Triage Ltd and SOS Children’s Village Benin, Inmarsat has deployed loan BGAN terminals and a three month BGAN Link GEO service at no cost, to connect local co-workers of SOS Children’s Villages with specialists at an urban hospital and allowing for the sharing of medical data.

BGAN Link is Inmarsat’s broadband data service designed specifically for users working in remote areas that require high monthly volumes of always-on standard IP data for sustained periods of operation. Operating over Inmarsat’s reliable I-4 network, BGAN Link is powering crucial connectivity to allow specialist doctors to remotely monitor health conditions of patients in the village and flag early detections of diseases such as diabetes, hypothermia and high blood pressure, particularly amongst pregnant women and children.

“Across the world we are seeing how telemedicine can improve the lives of countless families, particularly children, living in remote and isolated regions of the world,” said Drew Brandy, Vice President, Enterprise Strategic Development, Inmarsat. “But telemedicine can only succeed with a reliable, always-on communications network, which is often not available in the locations where remote health is needed most. BGAN Link and the Inmarsat network offer the type of uninterrupted, highly reliable connectivity that can help doctors around the world extend their reach and provide health services to those sorely in need.”

The Safe Patient Systems telemedicine kit in use in Benin, Safe Triage, records a range of medical data that is then transmitted in real-time over Inmarsat’s network, using BGAN Link, to doctors who can access the information via a shared server for remote monitoring and follow-up, thereby increasing the range of diagnostic and treatment options and opportunities available to patients attending the rural clinics.

“We were delighted to support SOS Children’s Villages International in their vision and that the STS Telemedicine Unit worked so effectively in the assessment and treatment of patients in remote areas of Benin who would normally have difficulty accessing specialist care,” said David Morgan, Medical Director, STS. “Allowing access to high level medical care is a fundamental human right so frequently denied. Telemedicine redresses this problem and is a real game changer not only for Benin but other areas in the world where medical provision is in short supply or unavailable.”