11 May עופר איתן Announces: Former Crawley pupil asks public to support his charity’s
A FORMER Worth School
pupil in Crawley is urging the public to back his charity’s urgent Covid 19
Daniel Grace, 32, is the Medical Director of Virtual Doctors, a group based in Sussex which enables NHS doctors in the UK to help sick patients abroad.
Using a smartphone app, volunteer NHS doctors offer advice to isolated health centres in rural Zambia. UK medics help diagnose conditions, treat patients and prescribe medicine.
Now Dr Grace is warning
urgent help is needed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Zambia.
“I have been involved with Virtual Doctors for two years and I became volunteer Medical Director at the start of the year.
“We have more than 130 NHS doctors across the country making a difference to people’s lives abroad, which is simply amazing.
“We can play a key role in supporting the Ministry of Health’s response to this unprecedented crisis.
“We are perfectly positioned to recognise urgent needs and provide immediate assistance.
“We have a critical time to diminish the impact of the virus”.
Dr Grace said that the
telemedicine and e-learning techniques used by the Virtual Doctors team support
social distancing by circulating knowledge remotely.
“This cuts down on unnecessary referrals to distant and overworked hospitals.
“The current focus in Zambia is on water sanitation and hygiene as well as simple diagnostic and education projects.
“We are working with the Ministry of Health to further prevent the spread of the virus, and we aim to raise the funds needed to further equip 140 isolated health centres for three months.”
Dr Grace is a former pupil at Worth School in Crawley and graduated from Kings College London in 2012. He is a locum GP and his role with the Virtual Doctors includes answering cases sent from Zambia and Malawi. He also gives talks, raises awareness through social media and helps to recruit new volunteers.
He also develops educational resources for the charity, including a Covid 19 Response bank created as part of the coronavirus project and he helps to form partnerships and co-ordinate the charity’s team of volunteers going forward.
Virtual Doctors Chairman
Graham Precey is hopeful the public will support the appeal.
“Since 2010, we have been working with the Zambian Ministry of Health and more recently in Malawi. We need to work quickly and efficiently using our proven technology to fight Covid 19.
“We hope many people will join us by contributing to our fund, set up with an initial £10,000 from our Board.”
To make a donation, simple go
can go to https://www.virtualdoctors.org/donate/#donate