Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership have announced that Dr Sara Saeed of Pakistan has won the third HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize for her project doctHERs.
Dr Sara Saeed, 29, is the co-founder of doctHERs – a digital platform which connects impoverished communities in Pakistan to high-quality healthcare while reintegrating qualified female doctors into the workforce.
Co-founded in 2014 by Dr Sara Saeed, Dr Asher Hasan and Dr Iffat Zafar, doctHERs connects impoverished communities to high-quality healthcare while reintegrating qualified female doctors into the workforce.
doctHERs converts existing community spaces into walk-in clinics. Patients attending the clinics are assessed by nurses or community health workers employed by doctHERs and connected to female doctors online using state-of-the-art telemedicine.
Since 2015, doctHERs has directly impacted 15,000 lives through clinical services, 100,000 lives indirectly via community outreach and, now employs fifteen doctors, five nurses and five specialists. By 2020, doctHERS aims to scale its nurse-assisted video consultation programme to over 2,500 clinics across Pakistan, directly impacting 1.2 million people.