VI. Cooperation with non-governmental development organisations

SATMED - Rollout


Launched in 2013 for a period of 4 years, SATMED is a telemedicine platform based on’s equipment, technology and connectivity. This tool, developed by SES TechCom together with e-Medical Communication (eMc), a company specialising in e-health projects, aims to improve public health in developing and emerging countries, specifically in isolated areas without connectivity. 

In its current phase, SATMED is available to several NGOs who are testing the operationality of the system on the ground.

Following the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, German Doctors, one of SATMED’s operational partners, indicated that the Serabu clinic in Sierra Leone needed reliable means of communication. In December 2014, the SATMED equipment arrived on the ground and has been in operation since then.

Means of telecommunication are in effect essential for a hospital to work effectively in this emergency context.

On 27 December 2014, the ASTRA 2G satellite was put into orbit from Baikonur in Russia. This satellite, covering West Africa in particular, will support the SATMED platform.