SATMED for FRIENDSHIP in Bangladesh: Newsroom

SES and FRIENDSHIP launched the first state-of-the-art Maritime VSATs and launched SATMED, the first satellite based e-health platform on two of FRIENDSHIP’s floating hospital ships – Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital, Emirates Friendship Hospital and a third one is planned for Rongdhonu Friendship (formerly the Rainbow Warrior II) Hospital. SATMED was also recently rolled-out at the Friendship training centre in Gaibandha providing for enhanced training on campus.

SATMED, the newly deployed satellite-based e-health platform, will enable FRIENDSHIP to establish communications with national and international doctors from remote areas, to provide medical counselling to marginalised communities through telemedicine and to exchange medical knowledge with local doctors. SATMED is an IT enabled cloud infrastructure accessible around the globe that facilitates data exchanges between professionals and medical frameworks such as electronic medical records and teleradiology systems. The platform is an open, flexible and affordable solution that perfectly fits SES’s range of satellite based e-activities.

The project, which aims to improve public health in emerging and developing countries, was funded by the Luxembourg Government and implemented in cooperation with SES Techcom Services and e-Medical Communication (eMC).

SES with the technical assistance of Square Informatix Ltd. deployed SATMED on 2 floating hospital ships; Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital, Emirates Friendship Hospital and the third one on Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital is scheduled for deployment on the 14 March.

Deployment Schedule:

4 March - VSAT Installation on Emirates Friendship Hospital

5 March – VSAT installation on Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital

6 March – Emirates Friendship Hospital Inauguration event

14 March – VSAT installation on Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital

To learn more about SES e-health initiative visit

To learn more about Friendship Bangladesh visit


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