What is Sehatmand Mustaqbil?
Sehatmand Mustaqbil is a healthcare organization dedicated to work with underserved communities across Pakistan to overcome healthcare and social injustice.
What is the strategic plan of Sehatmand Mustaqbil?
The deployment strategy of Sehatmand Mustaqbil entails the setting up of several telemedicine facilitation units, starting with a pilot project, in remote and rural areas of Pakistan, eventually aiming for institutionalization.
The basic framework of a Telehealth system, the type of facilitation platform to be leveraged comes across as a primary consideration in the action plan. We need to make sure that the deployment is effective within the settings that we are focusing on, that is, the rural areas where communities are largely underserved.
Dispensary, mobile app, website and desktop installed software – these are the choices that we have as facilitation platforms. But, in the context of the application, it is the dispensary (a facilitation unit) which best serves the strategy in discussion. The reasons are obvious.
- Firstly, people living in rural areas have little to no formal education. Hence, they are not adept at using a mobile app, software or a website.
- Secondly, in rural areas, people don’t have access to even basic facilities, and as such expecting them to have a smart phone or a computer at their home is simply impractical.
How will Sehatmand Mustaqbil operate?
Sehatmand Mustaqbil intends to use dispensaries and every other type of healthcare facilitation units that are already situated in these areas for the deployment of a telehealth system. Where such a dispensary or a healthcare delivery unit is not accessible, the organization plans to set up a new unit to support the deployment. At each facilitation unit, deficiencies in infrastructure will be addressed, essential hardware and software will be provided and local staff will be positioned so to make them functional. Each unit will be treated as an individual project and would serve as a node.
What types of projects does Sehatmand Mustaqbil do?
Sehatmand Mustaqbil projects may be grouped as:
- Erect and maintain telemedicine-based healthcare units throughout the country, serving as facilitation nodes in a well connected network; The team believes that by integrating Tele-health into the existing model of healthcare delivery, medical resources can be stretched and the deployment of the system would help accomplish the established objectives.
- Help communities meet other basic needs, like clean water and sanitation
- Seek data driven solutions to support the operations of the deployed ICT-enabled health facilitation system
- Empower and mobilize under accommodated, underutilized and socially restrained doctors and healthcare workers — in particular the female workforce
- Arrange and organize lectures to educate and train the involved stakeholders for creating better health awareness at community level
- Collaborate with other national and international organizations pursuing similar goals
How will the projects work?
Every undertaken project by Sehatmand Mustaqbil is to be divided into several stages. The initial stages ensure facilitation in terms of offering basic remote diagnosis and teleconsultation through emails and proprietary video communication tools, before swiftly moving towards offering advanced diagnosis through the use of tele-radiology protocols. The final stage of every project would strive to establish a self sustaining local community by disseminating health-related training and education, and each community having its own fully equipped ambulance to effectively deal with emergency situations.
Since every individual project serves as a node, pursuing multiple deployments create a network of nodes that would span across the country, thus enabling the achievement of institutionalization.
What is the pilot project?
Every journey has to start from somewhere. This journey is no different. In consideration of the enormity of the problem that we plan to address and the aspect of life that we intend to make difference to – our health – it would be wise to start our journey with the deployment of a pilot project.
A pilot project, in our strategy, entails the setting up of a tele-health unit in the rural outskirts of a city, where the living community faces the same challenges as characteristic of an underserved ecosystem, but where the deployment of solution would be relatively easy in context of financial feasibility, acquiring essential infrastructure support and accessibility and monitoring.
Why Start with a Pilot Project?
A pilot project would enable Sehatmand Mustaqbil to evaluate the feasibility of large-scale expansion, help pre-determine levers of scale required to support the expansion, identify the loopholes in our strategy and effectively address them, and establish our credibility as an organization to reach out facilitator positioned at much higher levels of value chain to provide us with more comprehensive support so that expansion and advanced stages of deployment can be pursued.
What is the site for Pilot Project?
The site selected for the setting up of the pilot project (at present) is a dispensary, no longer operational in the Hussaini Goth (a village) of Gabo Path, which is a union council in the Keamari Town district of the city of Karachi, province of Sindh.
Gabo Path has a total population of 0.132 million, spread across its 42 villages. The area was once served by three dispensaries, one located in Hussaini Goth, one in Mubarak Village and another in Deh Allah Bano – all of which have been lying closed for years.
Why Gabo Path?
Gabo Path has been selected, for it best represents the challenges and problems that we aim to address and solve.
It has a large population but a non-existent local healthcare support system—as mentioned earlier all dispensaries that were once serving the local population have now been closed. Because of which people have to travel outside the union council, to access a nearby hospital. This journey spans over a distance of 47 km, requiring 1 hour 27 minutes in travel. Other hospitals are even farther. The only modes of transport available for the locals are two buses, and they leave the villages in the morning and return in the evening. If a patient, in need of urgent care, misses the bus, the treatment gets delayed by 24 hours, that too, if the patient is conveniently facilitated at the hospital which is always subject to doctor’s availability. Consequently, an hour and a 27 minute journey can sometimes turn into overnight stays and even days.
Further, people living in Gabopath are also deprived of other basic facilities and the infrastructure in general is found lacking in the area. Sanitation and sewerage system is almost non-existent. Choked gutters, mixing of sewerage in potable water lines and heaps of garbage are among the primary complaints.
What is the Disease Profile for Gabo Path?
Looking at the OPD records and other health related data obtained from government resource archives, the most common diseases affecting the people of Gabo Path are:
- Acute respiratory infection
How can I work for Sehatmand Mustaqbil?
All job openings will be advertised on the website. You can apply by simply sending in your CV. Due to large volume of applications received, unfortunately we can only respond to successful candidates.
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