To connect female doctHERs ™ to millions of undeserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology.
doctHERs™ is a novel healthcare marketplace that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging online technology. doctHERs™ circumvents socio-cultural barriers that restrict women to their homes, while correcting two market failures: access to quality healthcare and inclusion in the professional workforce for unemployed, qualified health professionals.
doctHERs is targeting three different customer segments. On the supply side, doctHERs enlists female doctors who are not practicing medicine due to social pressures or family constraints. On the demand side, doctHERs aggregates: (i) workers affiliated with corporations or corporate value chains (suppliers, distributors, retailers, etc.), (ii) consumers of healthcare in retail venues (clinics, labs, pharmacies) and (iii) low-income, marginalised and/or underserved communities in urban slums and rural areas who otherwise are unable to access to affordable, quality healthcare.
doctHERs circumvents socio-cultural barriers that restrict women to their homes, while providing quality health care to marginalized communities. doctHERs accesses urban and rural patients through mobile and internet enabled technologies and video-conferencing. doctHERs use ‘point-of-care’ diagnostic tools with the support of community health workers to treat these patients. Lastly, doctHERs leverages mobile banking technology to provide a cashless, digital payment solution to collect all user fees.
The minds behind doctHERs™.
Here's a brief overview of how we prototyped doctHERs™ in 2014.
After evaluation of the idea, an initial prototype was carried out. Through a USAID funded pilot project, a community of 250,000 urban-slum dwellers in Karachi was targeted for primary health care access. The project catered to over 100 patients. About 10 women were also referred to tertiary care centers for safe deliveries.
A veteran of the 1971 war, he spent his entire flying career post PAF in the corporate sector in the Middle East. He recently moved to Pakistan following the demise of his wife. Now he is pursuing his life-long passion in organic rose and poultry farming.
He is one of the first philanthropists who came forward to help doctHERs establish its first Tele-medicine center at Model Colony.
Mr. Umar Farooq has an excellent professional career & strong network connections inside and outside Pakistan and it is still growing and improving day by day. He has been receiving many good executive level job offers from the world’s best companies every other month. Because he wanted to participate in the development of his own region and country, therefore HCP & Tech Valley Abbottabad is very dear and near to his heart, whose mission is to promote the talent of local people through leveraging the power of technology, training and awareness.
Mr. Umar Farooq has been actively involved in doctHERs™ activities in KPK including the Tele-psychiatry clinic.
DKT International, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, has established a reputation for implementing high-impact and cost-efficient social marketing programs that reduce unwanted pregnancies and HIV infections. In 18 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In 2012, DKT launched its newest program in Pakistan. DKT Pakistan's program called Dhanak, addresses problems of supply and demand that have kept Pakistan's contraceptive prevalence rate lower than its neighbors. It emphasizes long-term contraceptive methods (such as IUDs), adding diversity to a method mix that is heavily dependent on short-term contraceptives (such as injectables). DKT is one of the largest private providers of family planning and reproductive health products and services in the developing world, serving 28 million couples in 2014, and preventing 6.5 million unwanted pregnancies, 12,527 maternal deaths, and 3.6 million abortions. DKT has partnered up with doctHERs to pilot in 5 clinics, scaling upto 80 clinics in the next 1 year.
Tech Valley initiated its operations on 13th June, 2015 in Abbottabad with the aim to foster the culture of innovation and technology in the region through providing supportive mechanism to nurture local entrepreneurs and change-makers. Tech Valley strongly believes in establishing partnerships and collaborations with existing social entrepreneurs to help them scale-up their operations.
HCP GROUP is a privately owned company with its head office in Abbottabad, Pakistan providing integrated business solutions and outsourcing services under the active supervision of Mr.Umar Farooq. HCP is committed to providing innovative, reliable and affordable solutions as per the industry's best practices and standards. HCP's main objective is to simplify its technology experience for its entire customers, focusing on e-Governance, e-Business, logistics, system integration, web development, social media marketing, video production and consulting services.
Sustainable Initiatives is a not for profit organization and has been established to function as a research and advocacy group, based in Karachi, Pakistan, having primarily an urban focus but also looking at the urban-rural interface with planned mobilization on issues of urban sustainability covering relevant environmental, social and economic themes. SI aims to bring into the national debate and development agenda the concepts and practices of sustainable, smart and green cities.Modes of work employed include action research and documentation, catalyzing urban sustainability processes, training and advocacy. A particular focus is on engaging with youth for participation in social and environmental issues, promotion of volunteerism and skills development. Climate change and urban adaptation and resiliency are also core thematic areas of focus.
Tech4Life is a socially-motivated, innovative research and design company, specialized in medical devices and telemedicine software for the developing world. Our goal is to improve health of the population in low and middle income countries by strengthening systems and empowering stakeholders through simple innovations and enabling the use of Information and Communication Technology.
Naya Jeevan is a hybrid social enterprise which seeks to alleviate poverty in the emerging world by providing low-income families with affordable access to quality healthcare. Our members include low-income workers in the corporate, academic, industrial, NGO and SME sectors.
A Preview of our Latest Projects
doctHERs launched their first clinic on 11thMay 2015 in an middle-urban slum located next to the Karachi International Airport known as ‘Model colony’. Mr. Farhad and doctHERs collaborated on one simple mission: providing quality medical healthcare to the community which was unfortunately being cheated by quacks previously.
Hijrat Colony is a Pashtun populated, highly conservative urban slum in Karachi where women are largely deprived of affordable access to quality MNH, especially in life-threatening situations. doctHERs collaborated with a Community Organization called Sustainable Initiative (SI) to launch its second Clinic on 15th of June 2015.
doctHERs launched its third clinic in the BeautifulCity of Mahensera on 13thOctober 2015 at KBDO organization and Hospital. For the first time in the history of KPK , Tele-medicine clinic has been launched by doctHERS in collaboration with HCP & Tech Valley where extremely qualified doctHERs from Karachi are linked to the people of Mahensera through nurse assisted video consultation.
On 22nd December, doctHERs launched its 4th clinic in the a slum area, namely Ilyas Goth. The clinic is the first of the 5 clinics being established in collaboration with DKT International, an international social marketing enterprise which manufactures family planning products with a nationwide network on 800 “Dhanak” clinics pan Pakistan.
doctHERs™ set up the first ever tele-psychiatry clinic of Pakistan in Dadar, KPK. The clinic was inaugrated on the 1st of April 2015.
On April 25th, 2016 a nurse assisted tele-medicine clinic was launched in Pehwar Goth located at Qaidabad Malir. New Liyari Telemedicine Clinic
On May 11th, 2016 a nurse assisted telemedicine clinic was launched in New Liyari bordered by the towns of SITE Town to the north across the Lyari River, Jamshed and Saddar to the east, and Kemari to the west across the main harbour of Karachi.
On May 18th, 2016 a nurse assisted tele-medicine clinic was launched in Korangi town Y area; a town located in the Eastern parts of Karachi.
On May 25th, 2016 a nurse assisted tele-medicine clinic was launched in Orangi Town; a town in the northwestern part of Karachi.
doctHERs™ inaugrated their most recent teleconsultation clinic in Zia Colony on the 6th of June this year.
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doctHERs ™ making its mark worldwide!From 'doctor brides' to practicing physicians - The Express Tribune KARACHI: Pakistan's healthcare reality is made up of strange numbers; 70% of the students in medical schools are females but only 23% of the registered doctors are women. An innovative project doctHERs is attempting to bridge this colossal gap by bringing female medical graduates, who either get married right after finishing school or quit after having a baby, back into the workforce. tribune.com.pk Pakistan: Female doctors reach needy online | All media content | DW.COM | 06.01.2016 A new project is working to connect female doctors in Pakistan to patients via the Internet. The "DoctHers" project addresses the shortage of female doctors, who are often forced to abandon their careers after marriage, as well as the difficulties poorer women face to access healthcare. www.dw.com How Pakistan's 'Doctor Brides' Bring Women Confidence-And Better Health - UNREASONABLE Women make up the majority of students pursuing medical careers in Pakistan. For years, a government-imposed quota mandated that 80 percent of the seats at medical schools go to men and 20 percent to women. unreasonable.is
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