Dr. Sara Saeed and Dr Iffat Zafar
DoctHERs is an innovative healthcare business that uses online technology to enable female doctors to deliver a range of medical services to female patients in marginalised communities in Pakistan.
Dr Iffat Zafar, co-founder of doctHERs, used her Shell LiveWIRE Let’s Go Trade grant to fund her trip to speak about her company at the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This provided Iffat with a unique opportunity to raise awareness of doctHERs and present opportunities to scale-up the provision of virtual healthcare in Pakistan to key international stakeholders.
The visit also enabled Iffat to meet with potential investors, especially with regard to raising funds to support the development of new online platforms to scale-up healthcare delivery programmes. She also met the Pakistan UN Ambassedor Maliha Lodhi, who is a big supporter of healthcare causes in Pakistan as well as start-up companies, and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and senior USAID officials.
Explaining how her Let’s Go Trade visit has helped in the development of her business, Iffat said, “We secured a USAID grant to open up six more clinics, and are looking at a couple of other partnership deals to open up 36 clinics this year, going up to 500 by 2018.
“We are expanding doctHERs into the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtun Khwa provinces, and are looking to develop new mental wellbeing services for corporate clients.”