Telehealth as a monitoring tool for communicable diseases in the Southern African Development Community

The purpose of the consultancy was to assess the feasibility of establishing a Telehealth system as a surveillance tool for communicable diseases including HIV and AIDS, Malaria and TB in the SADC region.

Services provided:

  1. Assessed the extent to which Telehealth is currently being used as a surveillance and information sharing tool in SADC Member States;
  2. Explored the potential and feasibility of Telehealth as a surveillance and information tool in the SADC region;
  3. Assessed the state of telecommunications infrastructure in terms of its readiness to accommodate Telehealth services;
  4. Identified the equipment currently available in MS that can be used for the establishment of a fully functional Telehealth system for disease surveillance;
  5. Defined specifications for proposed Telehealth equipment;
  6. Proposed how the Telehealth system can be used as an early warning system for epidemic out breaks;
  7. Assessed the human resource requirements for supporting a fully functional Telehealth system in the SADC region; and
  8. Drafted a costed list of the equipment required for the establishment of a fully functional Telehealth system in the SADC region.