A major working seminar announced the operational launch of the TTSat program in the presence of the project leaders, UNFPA, and representatives of the Ministries of Health of the 3 participating countries
The TTSat project “Satcom Solution for Epidemiological Surveillance, Alert and Response in Developing Countries” has been selected by ESA (European Spatial Agency) for funding under its ARTES 20 program to support innovation in the field of space technology applications. This project is proposed in partnership with CLS (Collection Localization Satellites) and UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities).
This “demonstration” project will strengthen the epiSat software offering by integrating a satellite telecommunication terminal perfectly adapted to the operating conditions of the targeted countries (robustness, maintenance, autonomy, purchase and service cost, security) to ensure homogeneous coverage of a national territory. This coverage includes the white zones without terrestrial telecom infrastructures and difficult to access.
On 8 March, ESTEC Technical Center (Noordwijk near Amsterdam) hosted ESTEC’s Administrative Launch Meeting in the presence of the President of the company and the project manager. On the 24th and 25th of April the operational launching seminar of the project held in Dakar in the offices of the UNFPA regional delegation. During these two days of workshops, representatives of the Ministries of Health of the three countries participating in the experiment (Benin, Senegal and Guinea) and their counterparts from UNFPA country offices worked together under the aegis of its regional coordinator.
The TTSat project is a perfect extension of the PRCE project in Côte d’Ivoire and the continental action program developed by the company in the field of epidemiological surveillance.