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Innovator Instantstream.com and Medicine for Africa Bring Telemedicine to the Continent of Africa


Innovator Instantstream, Inc. and Medicine for Africa announce a collaborative venture to promote telemedicine services to universities and remotely located physicians in select African countries.

New York, NY, February 12, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Instantstream, Inc., Medicine for Africa (MfA) announces a collaborative venture with Medicine for Africa (MfA) New York, providing and delivering telemedicine services to physicians and medical universities in select African countries.

The co-operation will build on existing MfA contacts with governments and universities in Africa, supported by American universities and company interests, and the unique interactive technology of Instantstream™. Three Instantstream technologies are considered for this collaborative venture; StreamMed, Streamphone and StreamLearn. StreamMed is an interactive Medical Web conferencing service and assistive diagnostic solution which is based the innovative Instantstream’s Streamphone™ technology and is accessible to any physician and patient from any computer, web browser or communication device, located anywhere in the world. Streamphone integrates audio and video with synchronized PowerPoint slides, allowing an effective way to connect with a target audience – physicians in remote areas or medical students in lecture halls in African universities. Additionally, Medicine for Africa, will subscribe to StreamLearn, which is a fully interactive online/on demand virtual classroom with video lectures (which is localized in various dialects), handouts, PowerPoint’s, testing and student transcripts.

Medicine for Africa is a public-private partnership (PPP) project, aimed at supporting the general health care system in select African countries by providing necessary medical equipment, medical personnel from developed countries, and medical education and training to local students and future physicians. Madagascar and Cameroon are among some of the African countries that have expressed an early interest in evaluating possibilities of collaborating in telemedicine services and more.

Mr. Michael J. Daly, CEO of Instantstream, expressed his satisfaction about this agreement, "We are pleased to extend our interactive conferencing services to the medical area, after our early successes in demonstrating our global communication systems to the Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources and the e Government Solution Department. We are now planning an effective and efficient usage of our technology on the African continent. We feel compelled to contribute to the medical and communication needs for the African Nations in the fields of Medicine, Education and Communications."

Dr. Tom C. Garven, Executive Director of Medicine for Africa, stated, "I am thankful to Mr. Daly for his support of our project to improve the African health care system, and excited about the perspective of developing, with the help of Instantstream, the most sophisticated and effective telemedicine set up to-date in Africa, and may be worldwide. On other initiatives we are raising additional funds to provide expanding services under this new international telemedicine solution to people in a number of African countries. We believe that we could bring high quality telemedicine to the African countries and we are seeking the support of Physicians, Governments and political Agencies."

For further information regarding Instantstream™, Streamphone and its services, visit www.instantstream.com, or call Mr. Michael J. Daly at (917) 438-7182.

For further information regarding Medicine for Africa, and on how you can participate or support its efforts in Africa, visit www.medicinemd.com, or call Dr. Tom C. Garven at (212) 866-2386.

About Medicine for Africa

Almost the entire African continent as well as certain areas of Asia are struggling on a variety of major issues, among which combating the deteriorating state of health of their country's population has taken on an ever increasing level of urgency,. Medicine for Africa intends to change this situation thru the use of innovative technologies like Instantstream’s StreamMed, Sreamphone, StreamLearn technologies and the raising of sufficient funds to improve general health care in selective sub-Saharan countries over the long-term, with results that will proliferate for decades and beyond.

In view of increasing numbers of HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome) infections, the ever present malaria, a resurfacing of tuberculosis, mother and child morbidity and mortality, and other diseases, especially related to clean water problems such as dysentery, cholera etc. The prime goal of those countries will have to focus on improving the population's health status, in order to allow for a growing number of workers and thus a slowly growing increase of their country's gross national product (GNP).

The state of adult health in Africa, especially in sub-Saharan Africa has actually deteriorated in the last decades, resulting in today's adult mortality rates exceeding those of 30 years ago (World Health Organization, WHO, "The World Health Report 2003"). Furthermore, the level of child mortality in 14 African countries is currently higher than it was in 1990, and, overall, 35% of Africa's children are at a higher risk today than they were 10 years ago.

Especially in the area of health care, there are numerous NGOs as well as governments of developed countries that have invested large sums of money and effort in order to counteract the rising tide of diseases and premature deaths in many of those LDCs. However, a lack of efficiency in delivering the intended services and in utilizing the resources available in a most effective manner, have disillusioned many donors. This has led to a drying out of the necessary stream of funding that the developing country requires to uphold its health, educational and economic development.

In the older age group of citizens of developing countries (except in the least developed countries), non-communicable diseases are also on the rise in recent years. Diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and other circulatory illnesses, as well as renal problems, are on a steep increase in most developing countries, crippling the lives of people in the prime of their labour years. These diseases could be combatted effectively with today's medical knowledge and medicines, if diagnosed early and treated appropriately. Otherwise, the present situation will lead to an unbearable loss of capable work force for a country that is still in the dawning stages of its economic development. The World Health Organization, WHO, projects that the incidence of diabetes in the developing world will increase by a staggering 170% by the year 2025. Thus, for example, up to 30% of India's city dwellers will then suffer from diabetes !!

Diseases such as heart disease and others put a heavy burden on less developed countries (LDCs) in a number of ways. For one, "wealthier" individuals suffering these disorders travel to Europe, North America or Asia for medical treatment, causing an often rather substantial financial resource drain on the country by way of a non-productive currency loss. Secondly, the inability of LDCs to treat those diseases at home, leads to a significant loss in national productivity, while concurrently overwhelming the present health delivery services. And finally, the above mentioned costs which are ultimately and actually borne by the donors, prevent an efficient build-up of an economic base in the LDCs.

About Instantstream

Instantstream™ is a provider of interactive media communication solutions for businesses and consumers. Instantstream™ is an innovative market leader in the delivery of high quality mobile & fixed video calls and interactive multimedia conferencing communications. Currently, in the international business market, Instantstream™ offers video calls for .01 to .06 cents per minute video and flat rate global enterprise based solutions in the US, Germany, China, Korea, Japan, Africa and Europe. Unlike all other solutions, Instantstream offers audio, video/audio, video web conferencing, interactive solutions, and TV broadcast reception all within one ubiquitous software application on any computing device, PC, Laptop, UMPC, PDA, Smarthphone, POTS and over a growing number of cell phones.

Looking forward Instantstream is now working on Streamphone 3.0 and is expecting to change the communications industry. The Instantstream Technology provides cross-network carrier compatibly on the fly, and when offered in 2008 as an add-on current wireless data plans, Streamphone™ will offer a flat rate unlimited international cell phone audio/video calls and IPTV for under $89.00 per month.

Instantstream is in the business of extending the functionality and improving upon the limitation built into communication hardware and software solutions by telecom carries and manufactures. This is accomplished by the non-evasive add-in Streamphone™ which seamlessly connects to the IMLEC technologies that is compatible and installed on more than 700 million computer devices in the market today.

Instantstream’s new Streamphone 2.5™ wireless videophone service offers video communication across all similar and dissimilar competing platforms without incurring additional costs or requiring additional service contracts. Streamphone 2.5™ is currently available in all parts of the world today. Streamphone 2.5™ is primarily a communication solution for companies doing business locally and overseas. Streamphone 2.5™ is ideal for multi-national companies seeking a secured video call services originating from their home country. Streamphone 2.5™ will broadcast and receive up to 65 audio/video, TV streams, web conference origination signals from geographically dispersed locations and syndicate the origination signals to more than 500,000 viewers.

Instantstream Inc., offers a free trial to anyone visiting their site. To find out more and to set up an in person consultation please contanct Michael Daly, CEO at ceo@instantstream.com

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