Country of Operation
- d.o.t.z TechnologiesFor-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummarySehat First is a unique social enterprise set up to provide access to basic health care and pharmaceutical services across Pakistan through self-sustainable franchised tele-health centers.
Sehat First believes that quality healthcare is a basic human right. It must be made accessible, affordable and accountable. With nearly three-quarters of Pakistan's population living on $2 a day or less in rural areas, there is a strong need for access to affordable healthcare.
Key program components
Sehat First has already established 3 self sustaining pilot centers in the first year which have served over 9000 patients. The Sehat First franchised health center model consists of a health clinic, pharmacy, multipurpose tele-center and a general store, with 80-90% of revenues coming form the pharmacy and general store.
Key to its success has been its strategic partnerships with Multi National Companies such as, Unilever Pakistan Limited (UPL), and local community based organizations such as the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum. This holistic approach has simultaneously created entrepreneurs and addressed the critical lack of healthcare and pharmaceuticals, while ensuring self-sustainability based on sound business principles.
A unique component in the Sehat First model is the telehealth consulting service, which supports the local clinic staff with IP-based Video Phone consultations with a qualified physician. The video phone tele-health consultation service has proved itself with a savings of time, money and resources while being received very enthusiastically by patients and practitioners alike. The simple IP based video phone has enabled access to specialists including gynecologists and pediatricians, which these patients, in particular, would otherwise not have had access to. This use of tele-health is particularly innovative as it makes use of a large number of Pakistani women who have completed medical school, but do not join to the work force for cultural reasons.
The enterprise was founded in 2008 by d.o.t.z technologies with an equity investment from the Acumen Fund.
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