Telemedicine for Displaced Communities in Pakistan

  • Institution Country: Pakistan
  • Implementation Country: Pakistan
  • Sector: Health
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

Sehat Kahani – Story of Health

By Community Innovation Hub

A decade-long militant insurgency, many military operations in the northwest and natural disasters have displaced over 5.3 million people from their homes in Pakistan. Mass exodus due to conflicts and insecurity have made it impossible for those internally displaced persons, especially women and girls, to have access to basic health care.

Sehat Kahani proposes a telemedicine solution to connect women doctors and specialists, supported by frontline nurse assistance, to the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable communities, including internally displaced persons, in Pakistan. 

Sehat Kahani has prototyped their telemedicine solution and provided remote primary health care to women in hard to reach, rural areas at E-hubs in Pakistan. They now aim to expand their facilities in 5 internally displaced communities and establish a proof of concept that the use of telehealth can create a safe zone for internally displaced communities to access primary health care in the comfort of their social boundaries, without the fear of breach of privacy. This holistic and multidisciplinary innovation integrates sustainable technology to address community health needs that have not yet been met.