Virtual Development UK

Registered Charity Number: 1129924
Brighton & Hove

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Welcome to The Virtual Doctor Project - using the local mobile broadband network in Africa to connect rural health centre staff with volunteer doctors around the world, for diagnostic and treatment advice.


There is a desperate lack of primary healthcare available to rural communities in many parts of Africa due to their geographical isolation, shortage of doctors, and lack of resources. In Zambia:

  • One in nine children will not reach the age of five (UNICEF 2011)
  • 14% of the adult population* are HIV Positive (UNICEF 2010) *(Aged 15-49)
  • For a population of 13 million there are only around 1000 registered doctors (MOH Zambia)
  • Around half of all doctors trained in Zambia each year go abroad to earn better salaries


By enabling remote access to the skills and experience of trained physicians around the world (our ‘Virtual Doctors’) via the local mobile broadband network, the service helps health workers to reduce unnecessary mortality and referrals to distant health-centres. Our project prioritises child and maternal health, and makes a huge difference to the health of communities severely affected by HIV/Aids and other more treatable diseases such as Malaria.

The Virtual Doctor Project aims to:

  • Help rural health workers reduce unnecessary mortality and treat a wider range of conditions locally
  • Reduce referrals to distant health-centres by a third
  • Improve the skills and experience of hard-working clinic staff

Contact Us

Virtual Development UK Sussex Innovation Centre
University Of Sussex

Brighton & Hove

Phone: (0)1273 704760

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

December 2016 December 2015
Total Income £146,106 £66,007
Total Expenditure £110,441 £80,738

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