Sehat Kahani, a Pakistani tele-health platform which connects unemployed female doctors with low-income patients, has been selected for seed funding by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and design support from IDEO.org.
According to a press release, Sehat Kahani was among eight organizations selected for support under the Amplify Reproductive Health Challenge, a series of innovation challenges allowing investment in early-stage solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, providing each winning organization with funding and design support to bring their solution to life.
Sehat Kahani aims to create an all-women health services network to provide affordable and quality medical care for low-income patients using cost effective ICT-enabled solutions.
With this funding, Sehat Kahani plans to deploy the hub and spoke model – which entails multiple practicing sites where the ‘hub’ is the anchor site of the speciality area and ‘spokes’ are connecting secondary sites serving that speciality. It envisions the use of smartphones, tablets and laptops for video conferences between a patient and a doctor to discuss medical history and a disease management plan.
“The e-hub will be a centralised local health unit equipped with real-time technology that will serve as a referral point for community health workers. We also want to capitalise on our network of lady health workers in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and provide them training to utilise our digital solution,” said Dr Sara Saeed Khurrum in a statement.
“The innovation seeks to train young individuals to make safe choices regarding their reproductive and sexual health. We also want to make sexual and reproductive health services better adapted to young people’s needs and to strengthen the link between information and provision of services.”
Khurrum says Sehat Kahani’s target beneficiaries include young adolescents (10-16 years) and young adults (16-24) as they are more adaptable to change.
Through a partnership with DFID, IDEO.org hopes to create a new model for international development which replaces bureaucracy with collaboration and creativity.