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The Virtual Doctors use a bespoke mobile app to connect isolated health centres in rural Zambia and Malawi with volunteer doctors, based predominantly in the UK.

Every single day volunteer doctors offer advice to diagnose conditions, to manage and treat patients.


This assists and empowers local health workers, helps support the reduction in mortality rates & hospital referrals, furthering the Clinical Officers medical education. 

Our service helps to address 7 of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

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What we do:

We aim to help improve local primary healthcare in some of the most remote and impoverished areas of sub-Saharan Africa.




Zambia has 1600 doctors for a population of over 15 million people.

That is 1 doctor for every 12,000 people.


For comparison, countries such as the UK have 1 doctor for every 360 people.

2/3 of doctors live in urban areas whereas 2/3 of the population live in rural Zambia


Telemedicine helps to solve these problems


Graphic showing the number of doctors per capita in the UK and Zambia
DALY rates from communicable, neonatal, maternal & nutritional diseases,2019 Age-standardized DALY (Disability-Adjusted Life Year) rates per 100,000 individuals from communicable diseases. DALYs areused to measure total burden of disease - both from years of life lost and years lived with a disability. One DALY equals one lostyear of healthy life. No data 0 1,000 2,500 5,000 10,000 25,000 Source: IHME, Global Burden of Disease (2019) •

Our Partners

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Corporate Partners

Our corporate partners are a very special group who have generously donated funds, goods, services, time or expertise to the Virtual Doctors service. Without their help we couldn’t make such a difference to sick people in rural Africa – thank you!

Trusts & Foundations

Our pioneering work has been generously supported by a number of trusts and foundations. To them, and to those organisations who prefer to remain anonymous, we give heartfelt thanks. 

If you are interested in supporting our work  please contact us

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