Global Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) is continuing to expand its presence and telemedicine programs by establishing a partnership in Zambia, Africa. GPT has joined the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and Zambian Department Force to develop and implement a telemedicine program for the Zambian military and Zambian citizens located in neighboring villages. GPT is excited to be partnering with the Zambian government to not only provide access to quality healthcare for their service members, but also to citizens in need.
GPT will begin a telemedicine program that includes establishing telemedicine presentation sites at five Zambian military bases. These rural bases will connect to Maina Soko Military Hospital located in the capitol of Lusaka. The telemedicine program will afford the smaller, more rural hospitals access to specialty physician care. The military bases will also utilize telemedicine to present Zambian citizens in bordering villages to medical professionals throughout the country.
On July 23, 2014 a team from Global Partnership for TeleHealth traveled to Lusaka, Zambia to launch the Global Partnership for TeleHealth Zambia. The team spent ten days immersed in Zambian culture to set up the GPT-Zambia headquarters and the Zambian Telemedicine Training Center. The telemedicine training center will be the first and only telemedicine training center on the African continent. The center will provide a location to train students, medical residents, and military physicians on the importance of telemedicine and how to provide telehealth services. Dr. Jeffrey Kesler, COO of GPT states “We envision the GPT-Zambia training center to become the telehealth showcase for the African continent.”
Global Partnership for TeleHealth is working to build upon the current telemedicine infrastructure. This past trip, the team met with the United States’ Embassy to work on expanding the telemedicine footprint to all Zambian citizens. GPT plans to continue cultivating a relationship with key business leaders, Zambian government officials, and the US Embassy to bring quality healthcare throughout the country. Dr. Kesler also commented on his beliefs surrounding the project, “GPT-Zambia program will play a critical role in changing the lives of Zambians.” GPT will be traveling to Zambia in the next coming weeks to continue training and installing telemedicine equipment.
Global Partnership for TeleHealth is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect and provide healthcare globally. GPT brings unparalleled success in the application of telemedicine programs. With active programs in many of the 50 United States and a multitude of healthcare settings, GPT provides access to healthcare globally in settings where healthcare services have never been available.