Sehat Kahani, a Karachi-based telemedicine company, revealed today that it has raised $1 million in a Pre-Series A round of funding. The funding was provided by the Islamic Development Bank, 10Pearls Ventures, Mentors Fund, the Singapore-based Korean Impact Fund, and Impact Investment Exchange. KASB Securities, Din Group, and a few angel investors also participated in the round.
Sehat Kahani started as a network to connect patients with home-based female doctors through telemedicine-enabled brick-and-mortar health clinics. Sara Saeed Khurram and Iffat Zafar Aga, two female physicians, founded it in 2017. The aim was to link a large number of female doctors who are unable to practice medicine at a hospital or clinic due to family obligations with patients in underserved communities through a network of nurse-assisted health clinics.
Since then, the company has evolved into a telemedicine platform that offers patients across the country (and beyond) on-demand health services through web and mobile apps, as well as through its network of offline clinics staffed by 5,000 female doctors. It claims to have supported over 350,000 consultations since its inception.