6 month – 2011 Cost (PKR/USD):5.0 million / $50,000
National Disaster Management Authority-Pakistan
Phonecast (Educast Society)
Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir- Ex Ex Chairman NDMA
Tel: +92 300-8259933
Process and approach:
In collaboration with AMAN foundation (NGO) and DUHS, NDMA initiated and established two tele-medicine mobile clinics. The goal was to provide healthcare to the flood victims in Sindh, especially in the remote areas. These clinics were remotely connected with DUHS for medical expertise and care. Two ambulances, innovatively equipped with the state of the art technologies, were made available by AMAN foundation to run the operation. With the use of biometric devices, patients’ data was transferred from mobile clinics to the specialists in Karachi through wireless broadband. In addition to all the vital data, a live video/audio feature was also available to help look into eyes, ears, nose and throat to be able to diagnose and to provide appropriate telehealth.
NDMA successfully launched Pakistan’s first ever tele-health mobile units in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and Mirpur Khas in Sindh province. Each of these three clinics provided telecare, in consultation with DUHS, to more than 70 patients each day with women and children being the majority. Total number of patients benefiting from these clinics was 15,000. Cost per patient was estimated to be at $3.33 per patient.