[Zambia] The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

Amy Fallon – IPS – Tuesday, 14 January 2014 (originally published 09 Jan)

Mercy Nalwamba holding a laptop
Mercy Nalwamba, the clinical officer general of Makeni clinic in Chilanga District. Image: Amy Fallon/IPS

CHILANGA, Zambia, Jan 9 2014 (IPS) – There are thousands of miles between Chanyanya Rural Health Clinic, a basic medical centre in Zambia’s rural Kafue District with no resident doctors despite being the main centre for nearly 12,000 people, and the New York University (NYU) Teaching Hospital, one of the world’s most prestigious medical schools.

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 . . .

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