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Brief description of the organisation

The EHAS Foundation (Enlace Hispano Americano de Salud - Hispano American Health Link) is a non-profit institution whose purpose is to improve the processes of health in remote rural areas of developing countries through the appropriate use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). In order to do so, four main areas are followed:

  • Research and development of new communication technologies and systems to access and exchange information tailored to rural areas of developing countries.
  • Counseling, development and evaluation of protocols for action and technological tools to improve the processes of health care in rural areas, with particular emphasis on those related to maternal and child health.
  • The design and implementation of cooperation projects for development to validate both the technology and protocols just mentioned in the previous points, and
  • The development of training, dissemination, transfer and political influence to promote the appropriate use of ICT in the rural health sector of developing countries.

EHAS was founded in 2004 by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the NGO Ingenierí­a Sin Fronteras (ISF). In 2008 the board was expanded with the University of Cauca in Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Main tasks attributed in the project

WP2: Lead the process to define the system requirements and the scenarios.

WP3: Contribute to the design of the business model.

WP6: Collaborate on the design process andt the equipment configuration, and providing technical support.

WP7: Scientific dissemination in conferences and journals. Organisation of international workshop on rural communic.

Previous experience relevant to those tasks:

EHAS has been working for more than 15 years in Latin America. The teams of EHAS Foundation has successfully developed and coordinated several projects in the last years in these countries (funded for example by Inter American Development Bank, Comunidad Andina de Naciones, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), and worked in R&D ICT Programmes. On these projects EHAS has adquired an important background on designing, deploying and maintaining both transport and access networks based on WiFi for long distances, in rural enviroments of developing countries. These activities have also required EHAS to work on a business model for operating and mataning these networks.