Virtual Doctors is a transparent, simple and sustainable charity, using cutting-edge mobile technology to empower rural health centres in Zambia. Since 2011, we have been working on the ground to provide these health centres with the means to save more lives, and now we're asking for your help to revolutionise healthcare provision in this challenging environment.
In Zambia, medical professionals are scarce. The entire population of the country – around 14million people – includes just 1,600 qualified physicians. Not only that, the majority of those few doctors are based in urban centres, while around 60% of the population live in remote rural areas.
The average person in Zambia may have to travel many miles, on foot or by bicycle, to reach a hospital and see a physician. This is a problem that we in the UK will fortunately never have to face. For most, visiting a clinical officer at a rural health centre – usually with severe shortages of specialists, drugs and equipment – is the only option.
Our vision is to provide these isolated clinical officers with a link to specialist advice and diagnostic expertise, helping them to treat more patients on-site, quickly and effectively. Not only does this mean a reduction in unnecessary mortality, it also increases the knowledge and credibility of the clinical officers themselves. We call it the 'halo effect'.
How do we do it? By providing access to good broadband, the latest tablet devices, our custom-built app, and a direct line to our pool of qualified doctors who have volunteered their time back here in the UK. But we can't achieve all that we want to achieve without your help. Your donations will help us to install all of the technology that can make this happen. Every contribution you make has a massive, direct impact on the capabilities of hard-working clinical officers, and can make life better for thousands of patients in need.
A generous private donor has kindly agreed to provide match funding for every donation up to our target of £7,500. So every time you donate a pound to our cause, we'll unlock another pound. If we meet our target, that means £15,000 raised – enough to install our complete solution across three health centres in Chiawa, Chanyanya and Kafue.
Registered Charity No: 1129924
The Virtual Doctors is funded entirely through the generosity of our supporters.
The bespoke software for the Virtual Doctors has been designed and created free of all charges by a volunteer design team at Landmark Information Group.
We would also like to thank the Sussex Innovation Centre (part of the University of Sussex) for their input and guidance with this crowdfunding campaign, as well as TweetRocket and White Hat Media for strategic marketing support.