Updated May 06, 2020

Asher Hasan

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Leverage Technology to Connect Women & Improve Health (SDG 3), Promote Gender Equality (SDG 5), Provide dignified work (SDG 8), Reduce inequalities (SDG 10) and Coordinate sustainable partnerships for the SDG goals (SDG 17)

doctHERs reintegrates female healthcare providers (HCPs) who have been excluded from the workforce by using a digital health platform that connects remotely-located female doctors (who work from home) to health consumers in need via trusted intermediaries such as tablet-equipped nurse/midwife-assisted video-consultation (telemedicine). Lower-middle income frontline health workers (community he...
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doctHERs reintegrates female healthcare providers (HCPs) who have been excluded from the workforce by using a digital health platform that connects remotely-located female doctors (who work from home) to health consumers in need via trusted intermediaries such as tablet-equipped nurse/midwife-assisted video-consultation (telemedicine). Lower-middle income frontline health workers (community health promoters, nurses and midwives) are recruited, trained and equipped with technology - hardware, software and wifi/broadband connectivity. They are then deployed in corporate offices, factories, retail clinics and ambulances where they are able to connect health consumers (especially female workers who otherwise have highly restricted access to women's health) to remotely located female doctors. These trusted intermediaries are trained to conduct sophisticated diagnostic and interventional procedures under the supervision and guidance of a remotely located (home-based) female doctor.
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Stage 5: Scaling

In 2020, doctHERs is further scaling its community health activation model in collaboration with Unilever, UKDFID, the Punjab government, Pfizer and Philips to impact 2 million women in rural villages across 19 districts of Punjab, Sind and KPK.
Registered in Pakistanin Pakistan

Focus Areas:

Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and 16 MoreSEE ALL

Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Economic Empowerment, Infectious & Vector Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Prevention & Vaccination, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Mental Health, Diaspora, Digital Finance, Digital Development, Human Centered Design, Public-Private Partnerships, Resilience, Social and Behavior Change, Monitoring & Evaluation, Technology and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Pakistan

PakistanSEE LESS

1,050,000
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
1,100,000
Customers
90
Employees
$4,500,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

The exclusion of women in the workforce in both developing countries and mature markets has resulted in not only a massive loss of human potential but also loss of human life - especially in countries (including the US) where millions of people continue to lack access to quality, affordable healthcare. In Pakistan, the good news is that 60% of medical school graduates are women. The bad news is that 3 out every 4 of these graduates are not participating in the workforce.

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Solution

We believe that the re-integration of women into the workforce (output) by leveraging technology (an input) will yield increased economic empowerment for women (outcome) which will ultimately lead to increased returns for both society and participating corporate/business partners (Impact).

Competitive Advantage

doctHERs is unique in that it uses a digital health platform to match the underutilized capacity of female doctors (who would otherwise be excluded from the workforce) to the unmet needs of health consumers in emerging markets. We recruit, capacitate, and equip frontline health-workers (nurses, etc) with laptops, tablets and smartphones. These trusted intermediaries are pivotal to our model as they help to engender trust with health consumers in a culture which prefers interpersonal human interaction (as opposed to virtual). By leveraging technology, we are able to expand access to quality healthcare to remote rural populations alike.

Planned Goals and Milestones

By 2030, doctHERs will impact over 200 million lives across 5 continents in partnership with iconic, multinational corporations while reintegrating 50,000 women into the workforce - enabling them to achieve their full socioeconomic potential.
Funding Goal2,500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,500,000
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, United States, India
New FeatureSMART AI-enabled telemedicine clinics

The Team Behind the Innovation

The doctHERs team is a multidisciplinary team of gender-inclusion transformers, design thinkers, doctors, nurses, MBAs, entrepreneurs and a really smart hedgehog (affectionately referred to as 'Spike').

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2020
Funds RaisedPENDING
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity, Health Systems and 1 more SEE ALL
Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity, Health Systems and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity SEE LESS
Implemented InPakistan
 
as part of
 Transform
Dec 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 MIT SOLVE
Date Unknown
Date Unknown
Lives Impacted
300,000
Date Unknown
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
Profiled Innovation - Gold

Supporting Materials

2-pager-doctHERs.pdf
NJ-doctHERs-Investor-Deck-Nov-2019-orientation-null.pdf