Since 23 December, an emergency.lu Rapid deployment kit is offering connectivity to the B-LiFE laboratory set up by a Belgian B-FAST team in N’zerekore, Guinea. B-LiFE operates on the emergency.lu and SATMED communication platform with SES satellite capacity, funded by the Luxembourg government. B-LiFE can be deployed rapidly to perform quick diagnostic tests of patients. Once installed in a crisis zone, the B-LiFE laboratory uses genetic analysis techniques to very precisely identify the presence of life-threatening, biological agents that cause the disease. The effectiveness of the response provided by the laboratory depends on the real-time communication provided by satellite.
This B-LiFE/B-FAST mission has been deployed to support an Ebola treatment center installed in N’Zerekore by the French Non-Government Organization ALIMA. The EU Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated to provide satellite images for the epidemiological data mapping. The European Commission (DG ECHO) and its Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) are also providing their support.