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doctHERs

Leveraging Technology to Connect Women to Socioeconomic opportunity, dignified work (SDG 8) and reduce inequalities (SDG 10)

http://www.docthers.com
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Stage 5: Scaling

In 2019, doctHERs is scaling its model in collaboration with Unilever, UKDFID & the Punjab government to impact 1.5 million women in 3120 villages across 36 districts of Punjab (population: 110 million)

Registered in United States.

Focus Areas:

Social Development, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Trade and 19 MoreSEE ALL

Social Development, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Trade, Gender, Health, Economic Empowerment, HIV and AIDS, Ageing, Infectious & Vector Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Prevention & Vaccination, Diaspora, Digital Finance, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Human Centered Design, Public-Private Partnerships, Resilience, Social and Behavior Change, Monitoring & Evaluation, Technology, Youth and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Mexico, Pakistan and United States

Mexico, Pakistan and United StatesSEE LESS

300,000
Lives Impacted to Date
3
Countries Implemented In
350,000
Customers
80
Employee
$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).

Innovation Description

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.

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 Goal2,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted500,000,000
New FeatureSMART AI-enabled telemedicine clinics

Milestones

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
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Lives Impacted
300,000

Supporting Materials

2-pager-doctHERs.pdf