Mauritius has been chosen to host a super speciality regional hospital, which will link link other hospitals in the $1bn Pan-African e-network project and provide telemedicine services.

The project, initiated by former Indian president Abdul Kalam in 2004, aims to link the African Union’s 53 countries via satellite and fibre-optic networks with India’s healthcare expertise.

As part of the e-network project the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in northern Mauritius will be equipped to connect hospitals in the region.

The Indian government has provided funds of $117m towards the project.