Many of the female medical students in Pakistan never enter the workforce. Sehat Kahani is addresses gaps in healthcare by providing a way for stay-at-home doctors to connect with patients in low-income communities.
In Pakistan, 70% of medical students are women. However, there is a lack of female doctors in the field. Many women get married soon after their studies and do not enter the workforce, resulting in ambitions and experience underutilised. 50% of the Pakistan population lacks access to a doctor, so tapping into the pool of unemployed doctors will go a long way in ensuring everyone can access primary care when they need it.
An all-female healthcare provider network has been developed called Sehat Kahani with 5000 medics. Doctors who gave up their career to raise a family can now work from home and treat patients using telemedicine. Sehat Kahani provides female patients with two options; the mobile app or e-health clinics.
Women who have access to a computer or smartphone can download the Sehat Kahani app or use the web platform to connect with a doctor. Once logged in, patients can select from a list of available doctors and schedule an appointment. Doctors are available 24/7 for primary and secondary care needs.
E-health clinics have been set up to address the lack of healthcare in low-income communities. So far, Sehat Kahani has 32 e-health clinics spread throughout Pakistan, with 340k online consultations undertaken. Clinics have computers available for patients to connect with remote doctors through telemedicine. The clinics can also provide ultrasounds, health awareness sessions, and lab referrals. Sehat Kahani uses health education to help prevent certain diseases and encourage overall health.
This innovative healthtech company is bridging the healthcare gap while addressing gender inequalities related to career development. It’s a platform designed by women, for women.