Monday, 5 May 2008

Telemedicine: courses and information on a new initiative

In the near future ITM will be involved in a cooperation with the soon-to-be-build English RAFT. At this moment RAFT is a French forum focusing on Telemedicine and courses build to access in low resource settings. RAFT has weekly medical courses open to all, with a real gift for medicine. They have been providing free medical courses from as early as 2003.

Surrounding RAFT there are several discussion groups on telemedicine under the open source repository of Dgroups.

Dgroups is a starting point for fostering groups and communities in international development. They are a partnership which caters to both individuals and organisations by offering tools and services that bring people together (mainly open source tools!). Whether you are trying to support a team, a group, a network, a partnership or a community, Dgroups hope to provide you with the capacity to do this in an environment which is simple, non-commercial, respectful of privacy, and targeted at low bandwidth users in the South.

At ITM we have a telemedicine website which focuses on HIV/AIDS medical care and it is growing through the roof. Because of its success we are now in a process to make it more accessible with different devices (looking forward to that launch).