Main content

The Virtual Doctors

Simon Mayo makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of The Virtual Doctors.

Simon Mayo makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of The Virtual Doctors.

To Give:
- Freephone 0800 404 8144
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal. (That’s the whole address. Please do not write anything else on the front of the envelope). Mark the back of the envelope ‘The Virtual Doctors’.
- Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Virtual Doctors’.

Registered Charity Number: 1129924

Available now

3 minutes

Last on

Thu 23 Jan 2020 15:27

The Virtual Doctors

The Virtual Doctors is a telemedicine charity helping health-care workers in rural clinics across Zambia and Malawi.  Smartphones loaded with our bespoke App connect them to more than a hundred volunteer doctors, who offer diagnostic and treatment advice, that enables them to treat patients with severe and complex cases.

Long journeys

Long journeys
Imagine trying to reach a hospital over 50 miles away on such a road when you don’t even own a motor vehicle. Our simple telemedicine service enables rural health care workers to treat more patients within their community. (Chanyanya, Kafue District, Zambia)

Local Clinic

Local Clinic
Some remote clinics we serve may be a day’s journey away from the nearest hospital. Hospital referrals are time-consuming, expensive and disruptive to family life.  Our App allows health care workers to treat their patients in the community in more than 75% of the cases where they seek advice from us. Ngwerere, Zambia

Using the Virtual Doctors app

Using the Virtual Doctors app
Akende is a clinical officer in Kalomo, Southern Zambia who uses the Virtual Doctors service. He says, “in my field of work, I come across different, strange and weird conditions but with the help of the Virtual Doctors I can treat my patients in the right way”.

Helping communities

Helping communities
Shakerrie leads the Zambian team, training and supporting the ever-increasing number of healthcare workers across Zambia and Malawi. “The Virtual Doctors service is doing such good in the community and must continue to expand”, she says. “We’re helping to create a better atmosphere for the healthcare workers who are otherwise isolated.”

Broadcasts

This week's Radio 4 Appeal

This week's Radio 4 Appeal

Please give generously to this week's Radio 4 Appeal.

How do your donations help?

How do your donations help?

The impact of your donations to the Radio 4 Appeal

Donate by cheque or phone

Donate by cheque or phone

Please read to ensure your donation reaches your charity of choice.

How do I apply for an appeal?

How do I apply for an appeal?

Find out how to apply to have your charity featured on the Radio 4 Appeal.

Radio 4 Appeal Fund

Radio 4 Appeal Fund

You can make regular donations to the Radio 4 Appeal or a one-off payment to be shared