the Virtual Doctors

the Virtual Doctors, Africa

the Virtual Doctors is a telemedicine health service which uses local mobile broadband networks in Africa to connect rural clinics with doctors in the UK, for diagnostic and treatment advice. Started in Zambia the expanding service aims to help and support primary healthcare in remote areas.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1129924)

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There is a lack of primary healthcare available to rural communities in many parts of Africa due to their geographical isolation, shortage of doctors, and lack of resources. In Zambia: • one in nine children will not reach the age of five (UNICEF 2011) • 14% of the adult population* are HIV Positive (UNICEF 2010) *(Aged 15-49) • For a population of over14 million there are only around 1600 registered doctors (MOH Zambia).


Our service offers diagnostic advice across many specialisms including child and maternal health, and makes a contribution towards to the health of communities severely affected by HIV/Aids and other more treatable diseases such as Malaria. By enabling remote access to the skills and experience of medical professionals in the UK (our volunteer ‘Virtual Doctors’) via the local mobile broadband network, the service aims to help health workers reduce patient referrals to distant hospitals.