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Email health support service is already operating in Africa

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:51
  1. F J Cooke, specialist registrar (,
  2. A Holmes, senior lecturer
  1. Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London W12 OHS
  2. Public Health Laboratory Service Microbiology, St George's Hospital, London SW17 OQT

    EDITOR—We agree with Fraser and McGrath that email is an effective and practical medium for healthcare support in remote regions1 and that many patients in rural areas may soon benefit from telemedicine projects.2 In Britain we have been providing an international email health support service since April 1998,3 which has been accessed frequently in sub-Saharan Africa. Our service is successful and highly valued,4 and it is constantly being improved and …

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