Telemedicine is allowing female doctors in Pakistan to return to work

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It’s not unusual for women in Pakistan to become doctors. It is unusual for them to practice after getting married and having kids. Only 14% of qualified female doctors end up working full-time, official figures show.

That’s a serious problem in a country with a severe lack of medical staff, but now a telemedicine startup is trying to make use of the lost talent. DoctHERS connects stay-at-home doctors with purpose-built clinics in underserved areas.

So far, DoctHERS has built eight clinics. They have a simple setup: two rooms, basic medical equipment, a small pharmacy, and a laptop. Patients walk in, a nurse performs an examination, and enters information on the laptop. Then, a doctor appears on the screen to offer a consultation.

Of course, in the long term, Pakistan still needs women to became full-time doctors. But, before that happens, it will need to spend on child care and change its attitude towards married women in the workplace.

Source: Fast Coexist

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