Pakistani Health-Tech Startup, Led by Women, Secures $2.7m in Funding
Sehat Kahani, renowned for its initiative empowering female physicians, boasts a network of over 7,500 healthcare experts worldwide and serves more than 800 businesses.
Sehat Kahani, a pioneering health-tech startup in Pakistan led entirely by women, has achieved a significant milestone by concluding a groundbreaking Series A funding round, amassing $2.7 million in investments.
The company proudly announced, “Sehat Kahani stands as Pakistan’s maiden all-female-led enterprise to attain Series A funding.”
Fronted by Dr. Razi Yousuf of Amaanah Circle, a health tech venture from Singapore, the financing round also saw participation from notable backers such as Epic Angels, a women-focused investment consortium, Cross Fund, USAID Investment Promotion Activity (IPA), Augmentor, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), and the Elahi group of companies.
Dr. Razi remarked, “Sehat Kahani, under the leadership of Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram and Dr. Iffat Zafar Aga, represents an inspiring tale in health technology. Amaanah Circle is honored to lend expertise and assist Sehat Kahani’s ambitions in reshaping the future of digital health and preventive care.”
Sehat Kahani, conceptualized by Dr. Khurram and Dr. Aga, has developed an innovative platform ensuring a rapid virtual consultation between physicians and patients in just a minute.
The startup delivers on-demand home and facility-based lab services and facilitates online medication dispatches, catering to a wide-ranging clientele, including businesses, individual consumers, and the often-neglected rural populace.
The continuous backing from USAID has been instrumental in Sehat Kahani’s evolutionary journey, stimulating innovation and fostering robust growth in Pakistan’s burgeoning digital health sector.
Dr. Khurram commented, “This funding marks a transformative phase for Sehat Kahani, paving the way for advancements like decision-making tools, precision medicine utilities, and predictive AI for enhanced patient care.”
Expressing gratitude towards their backers and initiatives like Weraise, she added, “We’re thankful for the unwavering support towards our cause and for championing women entrepreneurs.”
Sehat Kahani has broadened its corporate offerings, now providing an all-encompassing outpatient department management system, ensuring uninterrupted and paperless healthcare access for corporate professionals and their kin.
Their comprehensive wellness initiative for businesses underscores health advocacy and preventive healthcare.
Operational in over 310 locations across Pakistan, the consumer-centric application seamlessly integrates with major banking and lifestyle platforms, ensuring cost-effective and easily accessible healthcare solutions.
Dr. Aga highlighted, “Sehat Kahani’s impressive 141% year-over-year growth in recent times dispels the notion that telemedicine’s relevance was confined to the pandemic, evident from the fivefold rise in consultations post-COVID.”
She further revealed, “This growth emboldens us to venture beyond borders and position Sehat Kahani on the global map.”
With an extensive network of over 7,500 healthcare professionals and 62 e-health centers nationally, Sehat Kahani, in its pursuit to bridge healthcare disparities, uplift women in the medical field, and amplify its global footprint, is geared up for its next growth trajectory.
Maaike of Epic Angels, Asia-Pacific’s foremost female-centric investment group, voiced, “Sehat Kahani exemplifies our investment criteria: promising prospects and meaningful innovation.”
She concluded, “We have immense faith in Dr. Sara and Dr. Iffat’s leadership, envisioning Sehat Kahani as an emblem of innovation and a trailblazer in healthcare advancements.”