Female doctors in Pakistan providing healthcare for women in low-income disadvantaged areas

Female doctors are in short supply in Pakistan despite women making up 70% of all medical students. This is because what is known as the “doctor bride” phenomenon; women in Pakistan who have medical degrees but stop practising to look after their children and/or because of social pressure. These doctors are desperately needed as 50% of the total Pakistani population lacks access to a doctor in their community. Sehat Kahani is the solution. Trained female doctors work from home using telemedicine and consult with patients in remote areas who come to an E-Health clinic. https://sehatkahani.com/

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  1. It is only a small proportion of women who stop working because of social pressure or as you call doctor bride phenomenon.
    The main reasons are the policies and facilities.
    a. There are no child care facilities available.
    b.The postgraduate training programs are very rigid
    c. Job-sharing and flexibility at workplaces is almost non-existent.
    d. The security and safety conditions of the country are making it difficult and the same group of women are working overseas happily.
    e. Limited opportunities for mentoring and career guidance.
    f. No representation of women among decision makers.
    g. While Fellowship programs offer stipend, if a doctor ( male or female) wants to go for a minor diploma, working hours are long and no stipend is paid. This is on the top of the living expenses where a graduate has to join a training facility away from their home.
    h. Traditionally it is evening practice that works if someone wants to start their own clinic which you can do after graduation. This means that your kids are in the school in morning and you are away in the evening.

  2. Thanks so much Zarrin. Unfortunately we only had 100 words to describe the innovation so weren’t able to put all the information. Your synopsis of the barriers to women’s participation in the medical sector is excellent. Many of the points you make also apply to Australia to a lesser extent. They still act as barriers here. Thanks for your comments and feedback. It’s appreciated.

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