Virtual Doctors: empowering African health centres

by virtualdoctors in Brighton

We did it
On 29th December 2015 we successfully raised £2,639 with 67 supporters in 28 days

The telemedicine solution built for rural Africa – we need you to help fund a pioneering approach to healthcare and make a real difference.

by virtualdoctors in Brighton

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.

 

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Receive a thank you by email and social media for believing in our project!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Receive a thank you by email, social media and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Receive a thank you video from the community in Zambia, a thank you by email and social media, and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Receive a personalised thank you video from a clinical officer in Zambia, a thank you by email, social media and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

£180 or more

£180 Reward

Meet our founder Huw and Doctor Fran in London for a coffee and our personal thanks. Receive a thank you by email, social media and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

£350 or more

£350 Reward

Join the Virtual Doctors team with a guaranteed invitation to a VIP drinks reception at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 17th March. Receive a thank you by email, social media and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Join the Virtual Doctors team at a VIP drinks reception at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 17th March. Receive a thank you by email, social media and on the Virtual Doctors website for believing in our project!

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