The Virtual Doctors is a UK registered telemedicine charity and Zambian NGO.

It uses smartphone technology to connect isolated health professionals with UK and African volunteer doctors who offer diagnostic advice for complex cases, to educate, empower and help save lives.

The charity enables more patients to be treated locally, thus avoiding the need for referrals to distant hospitals.

Its aim is to help improve the local primary healthcare in some of the most remote and impoverished areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

The organisation believes that, once tested further in other countries, this model could make a "substantial impact" on rural health strategies across Africa and beyond and improve healthcare in those areas.