In Pakistan, 60% of Medical students are female but the majority drop out after graduation due to social & cultural pressures, Dr. Rabya being with one of them. Zong under its CSR program is powering DoctHERs to employ female out of work doctors, connecting them from the comfort & security of their homes to thousands of people in marginalized communities. From the urban slums of Sindh to the hilly mountains of KPK, Zong has leveraged its widest and fastest 4G footprint across Pakistan to provide connectivity in 9 telemedicine centers across Pakistan.
The initiative links the urban/rural patients with the help of paramedics equipped with Zong’s 4G internet and HD video-conferencing. Trained, trusted community-based nurses, health workers (CHWs) and midwives (CMWs) assist remotely located female doctHERs in physically evaluating patients at ‘point-of-care’ using diagnostic tools.
In addition to providing connectivity, Zong’s ‘New Hope’ volunteers, conducted community mobilization & awareness sessions across these towns to stimulate participation in the healthcare venture.
“As Pakistan’s leading 4G Telecom provider, we believe in empowering people and societies to create exponential social, environmental and business impact,” he further added.
“It is a miracle to finally claim that no longer is there no viable way of connecting the marginalized with a doctor. Connectivity by Zong has now helped doctHERs reach far-flung areas. Together we aim to bring about an unbeatable impact,” said Dr. Sara Khurram, the co-founder of DoctHERs.