Highlights from Pakistan: doctHERs

doctHERs is a digital, healthcare platform that connects female doctors (‘doctHERs’) to underserved patients in real-time while leveraging leading-edge technology. Through a unique business model and a telemedicine platform equipped with Core Diagnostic Instruments, doctHERs provides affordable, quality healthcare to a subset of the “missing middle” population in Pakistan. Out of this missing middle, 80% of doctHERs’ clients include women and children, who otherwise would not be able to access quality, affordable healthcare.

The doctHERs’ telemedicine model was prototyped in 2014 as part of a Naya Jeevan community health project with the support of USAID and then piloted across 3 clinics in 2015 with additional support from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures team. Currently, doctHERs has 9 telemedicine clinics operational across Pakistan. In Karachi, there are six clinics situated in underserved communities in Model Colony, Korangi, New Lyari, Orangi Town, Zia Colony and Bin Qasim. In KPK, there are two clinics located in Dadar and Mansehra, with the clinic in Dadar having a special focus on mental health and wellness. In Punjab, a doctHERs’ clinic has been established in a government Basic Health Unit in Hafizabad.

On 21st September 2016, doctHERs was recognized with a Global Goal Award in New York. The Global Goals Awards are part of an ongoing effort to generate support around the world for the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, efforts to achieve the Global Goals focused on the Global Girls Campaign.  In partnership with UNICEF, the campaign works to make the Global Goals “famous, financed and focused on girls in 2016.”