The two are worlds apart, not only when it comes to geography.
Yet when Florence* broke out in a strange rash two weeks after she began taking ARVs for HIV in 2011, the clinic, about 90 minutes from the capital Lusaka, was able to connect to a NYU infectious diseases expert on the other side of the world with just a few clicks of a computer mouse.
Through the Virtual Doctor Project (VDP), a telemedicine initiative being pioneered in Zambia linking rural clinics across the southern African country with volunteer doctors around the globe using the local broadband network, Florence was prescribed the correct medication.
Her rash had been “all over the body”, recalled Kebby Mulongo, the clinical officer who first saw her.
“It was just about two days in between [when] the doctor [in New York] was able to get back to me. The expert in New York knew what the problem was ASAP,” Mulongo, 30, told IPS.
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