Patients in Africa, often with young children, can travel long distances to reach clinics or referral hospitals, sometimes on foot or by bicycle. On arrival, these health centers are often poorly staffed and may be under-equipped. In Zambia for example, a country of 13 million people, there are only 1000 registered doctors with very few in rural areas.
Using mobile broadband networks, the Virtual Doctor team 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.
WHERE DO WE OPERATE?
Virtual Doctor 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.