Today’s good news comes out of Pakistan, home of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stared down the Taliban to get an education and was shot for her efforts. While the women in my story today aren’t facing gun violence, they are breaking new ground for women in healthcare.
Good News for Women
The number of female graduates of medical programs in Pakistan is higher than their male counterparts. So why are there so few female doctors in Pakistan?
“The long hours of a hospital professional are (considered) a taboo by the majority” – Dr. Sara Saeed Khurrum
That’s why Dr. Sara Saeed Khurrum and Dr. Iffat Zafar co-founded Sehat Kahani, a tele-health platform that serves low- and middle-income Pakistanis.
“Currently, 500 trained female doctors are part of our network and prior to this they were not working due to social pressures.” – Dr. Iffat Zafar
Good News for Communities
Sehat Kahani, which means “Story of Health” in Urdu, began in 2017 and has now spread to include fifteen e-health hubs across Sindh, Punjab, and KPK.
Dr. Zafar says the organization is now working on a smartphone app, which will help reach more communities without regular internet access.
Good News for the World
What does this mean for the world?
It means that women are now stepping up and making jobs for themselves where they are pushed to stay at home.
It means inspiration to future generations of girls who might want to raise a family and work, or work without having a family at all.
It means hope for girls (and boys!) all over the world that tomorrow will be even brighter for them. And I think that’s worth celebrating.
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