Sehatmand Mustaqbil Receives Official Status Under Societies Registration Act of 1860
The nonprofit startup aims to set up telehealth facilitation units in the underserved communities, enabling prompt delivery of basic healthcare services in these localities, a facility which at present is non-existent.
Karachi, Pakistan: Despite channelizing increased resources towards the development of the sector, healthcare continues to be a major challenge for the government of Pakistan. Sehatmand Mustaqbil, a nonprofit startup, aimins to support the government and the health community in their efforts by deploying telehealth systems in areas that lack basic healthcare.
The healthcare sector in Pakistan has long been a representation of poor planning and uncompetitive management. The country’s healthcare indicators represent these sentiments quite well. Adult and infant mortality rate is high. Preventable deaths are a norm. Doctor-to-patient ratio is well below the accepted standards as defined by WHO, and same applies to patient-to-bed density. Although the government has been channelizing more resources than ever, the ensuing improvement as such has been underwhelming to say the least. Alternatives and new strategies continue to be implemented as supporting solutions, with telemedicine increasingly leveraged over the last few years.
Pakistan has seen a number of new projects initiated in the telehealth vertical, with platforms such as Sehat Kahani, Aman Foundation, AugmentCare, DoctHERS etc., as the driving forces behind the deployment of such projects. All these organizations are doing well in their own capacities, however, only a counted few among them are working to serve the underserved. Sehat Kahani and Aman Foundation are the notable mentions.
Sehatmand Mustaqbil, having come into existence only last month, aims to deploy telehealth facilitation units in the areas where people don’t have access to basic health facilities. As such, it can be considered as a new addition to the league of selected few that are striving hard to deliver an impact in the underserved communities. The organization is headquartered in Karachi, and registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Umer Arif, the CEO and one of the co-founders of the startup, had this to say:
“Our team is pleased at been conferred an official status by the government of Pakistan. It was really important for us to get this recognition for we want to approach everything in a legal way. We believe it would force us to be accountable and transparent in our dealings, and it would also lend us some initial level of credibility. Of course, ultimately it would be our work that people would judge us on, to start we do needed something and this recognition is exactly what should set things on the move.”
In times where most local startups prefer to adopt a business model, it comes as a surprise that the initiative is geared towards primarily making a social contribution. However, it’s a path that the senior leadership of Sehatmand Musatqbil decided to board on willingly and is excited to experience the journey ahead.
“People ask us why a nonprofit model, our answer is why not? See, if you want to go fast, then go alone. But if you want to go far as a nation, you have to move together. Besides that, there are many for-profit organizations but the number of not-for-profit organizations working in the telehealth sector are very few. Who is going to cater to the needs of the underprivileged? After all that is where we are failing to deliver. We all have a responsibility that we must fulfill. In fact, I would request other aspiring entrepreneurs as well to come and join us. I can assure you there is no better business model than serving humanity. What you get in return is invaluable,” concluded Mr. Umer.
The organization aims to start with a pilot project with the name of ‘Sehat Mubarak’ and is actively seeking donations for it.