The telemedicine project - Computing's 2009 charity appeal

Watch how your sponsorship money could help an ambitious telemedicine project save thousands of lives in rural Africa
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Computing has launched its 2009 charity appeal, to raise money to equip 120 telemedicine centres in rural Africa to aid their work savings lives every day – and we want your help.

Receiving medical assistance is a big problem when the nearest person to diagnose and treat your condition is 300 miles away. In rural Africa, with a tiny number of specialist doctors covering vast areas with poor transport links, this is a reality for most people.

Computing has been supporting charity partner Computer Aid International to save lives by using IT to remove this logistical hurdle. By kitting out specialist health centres with something as simple as a laptop, digital camera and scanner, doctors can communicate with city hospitals to aid diagnosis and treatment.

It costs just £1,000 to provide the equipment, training and technical support that a hospital needs to take part in this programme - a remarkably cost-effective way for your business to help thousands of disadvantaged people. It is also a great way of involving your employees in a fantastic project.

If you want to get involved, or find out more information, contact Stephen Campbell at Computer Aid on 020 8361 5540 or email stephen@computeraid.org. Or you can donate at: www.justgiving.com/computingtelemedicine .

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