Mali's national survey and mapping agency (IGM) will be receiving the most recent detailed data at a resolution of 1.5 metres from SPOT-6, which has covered the country's entire 1.241.000 km² in less than 5 months.
The Astrium-supplied satellite equipment and airtime is helping humanitarian workers in the tumultuous Sahel region to share vital information as they manage the very critical humanitarian situation in this area. Communications links are severely disrupted in northern Mali, where land lines and mobile networks have been cut off in several towns.
The Regional Centre for training in Aerospace Surveys was created in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for Training, Research, Consultancy and Advisory Services in Geo informatics. Participating countries at the moment are: Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
The reporting of 38 cases of polio across 7 West African countries in 2008 and an additional 13 cases in the first 2 months of 2009 has prompted the concerned countries with coordination support from WHO to organise synchronised polio vaccination campaigns.