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Pakistan attracts 700 female doctors back into practice through online service

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 29 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6752
  1. Ashfaq Yusufzai
  1. Peshawar, Pakistan

A digital medical service launched by one of Pakistan’s oldest universities has attracted 700 female doctors back into practice and helped 100 000 patients, often in the most deprived and remote parts of the country, to receive medical care.

The eDoctor initiative, which is led by gynaecologist Jehan Ara Ainuddin from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, is targeting 35 000 women doctors who trained in Pakistani medical schools but have never entered clinical practice, often because of the restrictions placed on women by …

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