Women doctors worldwide offer virtual care to Palestinians
More than 150 women doctors from around the world are collaborating to provide online medical support to Palestinian women and children in Gaza and the West Bank.
The initiative is a joint collaboration between the Palestinian startup Young Explorer, an online platform that offers consultations and information to parents of children with difficulties, and the Pakistani-Saudi technology group Educast.
Educast launched eDoctor two years ago in Pakistan for women doctors who have completed their medical education but are not practising due to family pressures. Educast trains them in telemedicine and connects them with patients around the world. They are now extending their telehealth services to Palestine, working with Arabic-speaking women doctors in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Jordan and Sudan.
Young Explorer is facilitating Educast in areas where Israeli forces have destroyed basic health facilities and infrastructure.
“In Gaza, access to health is limited due to the continuous rocket attacks. Children face intense pressure and fear,” Ayah Dajani, Young Explorer’s founder and CEO, told Arab News. “In the West Bank, there are medical centres, but we will use the power of social media and the internet to reach large numbers of people.”
“We took the initiative solely on humanitarian grounds to contribute our part in the challenging time for Palestinians,” said Abdullah Butt, founder of Educast.
“I will be pleased to utilise my knowledge of medicine to serve Palestinian sisters and children,” Dr. Rehana Din Mohammad, a physician based in Oman, said.
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