doctHERs™ connects marginalized communities to high-quality health & wellness services while re-integrating women healthcare professionals (both home-based doctors and community-based nurses and health promoters) into the health workforce in Pakistan.
The inspiration behind doctHERs is Dr. Sara Khurram, Co-FoundHER and COO. doctHERs was conceived shortly after she conceived her baby. During her 1st trimester, she had to be on bed-rest and wondered if this would be the end of her medical career. Fortunately, her management thought otherwise and challenged her to create her own job while working from home. She felt really empowered and realized that there was a massive market opportunity for female doctors to be re-integrated into the workforce from home in a way which would address the healthcare needs of millions of underserved communities in Pakistan.
Dr. Asher Hasan, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, is a US Ashoka fellow and the Founder and CEO of Naya Jeevan Dr. Sara Saeed, Co-FoundHER and full-time Chief Operating OfficHER, Dr. Sara has worked in medicine, gynecology, psychiatry and public health. Dr. Iffat Zafar, Co-FoundHER & Full-Time Chief Medical OfficHER, Dr. Iffat Zafar has completed her Medical degree and (PGY-1) in Medicine and Surgery. Sarah Ashraf, Full-time Grants Manager; is a graduate from Karachi University.
doctHERs is the Winner of GE/Ashoka Changemakers, Women Empowering Work (MENA). ($25,000) Winner of Rec@nnect Challenge by CRDF Global ($25,0000) Winner of Shell Tameer Ward ($3000) Finalist for Unilever Sustainable Living – Young Entrepreneurs 2014 Finalist for Echoing
doctHERs leverages technology in the form of community health promoter (CHP) or nurse-assisted,video-consultation to connect home-based female doctors to remotely located patients through a state-of –the-art, HD video-consultation system. Remotely located doctHERs are able to provide health & wellness services with the help of a nurse or CHP who is either physically present at a community-based wellness clinic or is able to conduct Home Health Visits (HHVs). Examples of health & wellness services include the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of: (i) infectious diseases and associated counseling on the importance of personal and environmental sanitation/hygiene and (ii) skin-hair-nail related problems along with health education