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With better diagnosis Mwelwe could
be treated in her local clinic

The Virtual Doctor Project enables the clinical officer treating her to discuss her case with an infectious disease specialist at New York University School of Medicine. This can reduce the need for her to be referred to a distant hospital for treatment.

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With your help we can bring medical expertise to some of the poorest communities on earth, often isolated by bad roads and lack of infrastructure.

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Watch this video to learn more about our project

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What is a Virtual Doctor?

Using mobile broadband networks, we connect African clinic staff in rural areas with doctors and specialists all over the world to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients. All medical personnel donate their time for free to offer help to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Why are they needed?

Patients in Africa, many with young children, can travel long distances to reach clinics sometimes on foot or by bicycle.  These health centres are often poorly staffed or over-stretched, too often meaning patients have to be referred to distant hospitals. In Zambia for example, a country of 13 million people, there are only 1000 registered doctors with very few in rural areas. Support and advice from our volunteers enables health staff to treat more patients locally and before their condition becomes critical.

Where do we operate?

We currently offer telemedicine support in Zambia, in sub-Saharan Africa.  Sadly, one in twelve children in Zambia will not reach the age of five, and 12.5% of the adult population are HIV positive (UNICEF 2011) so the need here for medical advice is particularly acute.

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