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VIRTUAL DOCTORS


The Virtual Doctors provides sophisticated, yet easy to use bespoke telemedicine (technology & medicine) software and smartphones with internet access. 

This empowers health workers in rural Africa by enabling them to send electronic patient files to volunteer doctors for diagnosis and treatment advice, helping to save lives. 

 

 

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VIRTUAL DOCTORS


The Virtual Doctors provides sophisticated, yet easy to use bespoke telemedicine (technology & medicine) software and smartphones with internet access. 

This empowers health workers in rural Africa by enabling them to send electronic patient files to volunteer doctors for diagnosis and treatment advice, helping to save lives. 

 

 

As a non-profit organisation we rely on our benefactors to continue to make a difference.

We are seeking a volunteer webmaster to help us keep our online content up to date: full description here.

DONATE NOW

the aim

To help improve the local primary healthcare in some of the most remote and impoverished areas of Africa.

These are places where people regularly walk or cycle long distances to their nearest clinic or referral hospital, and even then often receive inadequate treatment or diagnosis due to the centre being under-resourced.

the service

The Virtual Doctors is a unique service.

Our simple telemedecine software, designed with rural Zambia in mind, connects remote health care workers, called Clinical Officers, with a panel of volunteer doctors who give diagnosis and treatment advice on complex cases.

As a result, patients are diagnosed more quickly and more often treated in their communities.

the software

The Virtual Doctors service provides rural health centres with a smartphone loaded with our bespoke telemedicine software.

When a patient with a complex or unusual condition presents, the Clinical Officer creates a patient file with examination notes and photos and uploads it to the cloud. A doctor in the UK then reviews the file and offers diagnostic and treatment advice. 

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The story


The story


The beginnings

In 1998 British safari guide Huw Jones was driving through the remote Zambian bush when he suddenly came upon a trail of sticky blood on the dusty road.

After following the trail for several miles, Huw caught up with a heavily pregnant woman slumped on a bicycle as her husband pedalled frantically in the relentless heat to get her to the nearest hospital, some 60km away.

Despite Huw's efforts, after such huge loss of blood, the woman and her unborn baby died in the jeep on the way; but the concept for the Virtual Doctor service, which would use the internet to save lives in rural Africa, was born.

the milestones

2007 Development of first concept of mobile clinics

2009 Charity registered under Virtual Development UK

2011 Initial trial of telemedicine concept in Kafue District, using one Virtual Doctor in New York and satellite communications

2013 Pilot project, using 20 Virtual Doctors and Fizzbook computers, launched in six rural health centres in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Zambia

2015 Development and launch of our bespoke telemedicine app, specifically designed for rural Zambia, and the use of smartphones

2016 Expansion of service in Zambia

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The team


The team


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