Posted by Bob Delavan on Dec 01, 2019

 

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

In rural portions of Nigeria, a country with only one physician for every 2,500 people, many Nigerians seeking health services have to make arduous trips. The result, of course, is that a great many people simply don’t receive care. While it would be ideal to get more doctors in remote regions, that would take years.

Local Rotarians are part of a larger effort to bring technology to bear on the problem, using telemedicine – the use of information technology to provide health care from a distance – to bring doctors to patients virtually. And thanks to a global grant from The Rotary Foundation, a team of health care professionals from Nigeria has been trained in telemedicine.

 
 

       

Team members learn the telemedicine software in Nigeria.        The team observes a demonstration of a telemedicine robot