The eMedMed Project was born in the wake of the creation of the Mediterranean Platform of e-Services, validated by the UN during the ECOSOC Ministerial Review. It was presented during the First Economic Forum of the Western Mediterranean in 2013 by the Italian vice-minister of the Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli to the Union for the Mediterranean General Secretary Sijilmassi.
Recently it has been positively discussed at the UfM with Ambassador Borione, UfM General Secretary of Social and Civil Affairs and Prof. Chet, UfM Israeli Delegate.
During the XXI Euromediterranean Conference held in Catania in February 2016 an agreement was signed by the Mayor of Catania Enzo Bianco and the President of OCCAM, in order to create in Catania the “Hub Centre of Catania for Health security, migrants emergency and supportive development in the Mediterranean area” to monitor the health security in the Mediterranean Area.
EMedMed was then validated at the XVI Infopoverty World Conference held at UNHQ in New York in April 2016.
The main focus of the eMedMed Project is to improve the health conditions of the Southern Mediterranean Countries tanks to the new technologies of Telemedicine
The eMedMed project aims at providing 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.
Fully aware of the fact that the potential of digital services in the field of education and healthcare is still largely unexploited and that it would be a fundamental catalyst in the economic and social development of the Southern Mediterranean shore, the eMedMed project will use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to solve healthcare gaps afflicting these countries.
The area of intervention of the eMedMed project is the Southern Mediterranean shore. In particular, it will be implemented in Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The partner hospitals that will act as “Local Hubs” for the Project are the following:
- 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 will address 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.
The program has been developed by OCCAM in partnership with IITM, the International Institute of Tele-Medicine, an independent scientific and technological structure involved in research, development and transfer of ICT projects and initiatives in medicine and healthcare.
In the framework of the eMedMed project, during the XXI Euro-mediterranean Conference is was also decided to launch a Mediterranean Master of Telemedicine, together with the universities of the Mediterranean Basin, in order to train homogeneously the medical and paramedic staff, whose preliminary study will be assigned to the professors Hassan Ghazal (University of Rabat), Francesco Basile (University of Catania), and Francesco Sicurello (University of Milano Bicocca).