Across Africa, people in need of medical care often have to travel long distances to reach the nearest health clinic. When they arrive, hospitals (that can have catchment areas of up to 150,000 people) are usually ill equipped and under-staffed.
The Virtual Doctors is a telemedicine project that uses mobile broadband networks to connect health workers in rural health centres (where there are no doctors) to doctors and medical specialists all over the world. By providing easy to use telemedicine technology the project helps to prevent unnecessary mortality and morbidity by allowing health workers to treat more patients on-site, it prevents unnecessary referrals to distant and hard to reach hospitals and helps to improve the knowledge and skills of rural health workers.
All doctors involved in The Virtual Doctors project are volunteers.
To donate and to read more, please visit The Virtual Doctors website.