10 October 2014. ESPI presented its project on humanitarian telemedicine at the 24th United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (UN/IAF) Workshop, which was held in Toronto and preceded the 65th International Astronautical Congress.
On the occasion of the 24th edition of the UN/IAF workshop, which this year was centred on “Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits”, with a focus in global health and maritime applications, ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, and Resident Fellow, Alexandra Bonnefoy, were invited to present ESPI activities on Humanitarian Telemedicine. Ms. Bonnefoy was invited to present the findings of the report on the project, in the 26 September morning session dedicated to “Space Technology for Global Health”. Mr. Hulsroj was invited to reflect and discuss the potential use of telemedicine in epidemics, particularly in view of the recent Ebola outbreak, in the 26 September afternoon session dedicated to “Space Applications for Tele-epidemiology”. This was based on Mr. Hulsroj’s letter to the Editor of the Financial Times of 1. September, 2014.
The workshop was a great success, and following the work done in the health-related working group on 28 September 2014, under the leadership of Mazlan Othman, a set of recommendations were presented to representatives of national and international space agencies, organisations, and companies, which included: Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo (UNOOSA), Prof. Amnon Ginati (ESA), Dr. David Kendall (CSA); Dr. Pascal Michel (Canadian Public Health Agency), Dr. Chiaki Mukai (JAXA), and Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner (DLR).