Volunteering with a purpose
Yaran e Watan - Pakistan Diaspora Health Initiative is a joint initiative by the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora health communities. The objective is to facilitate voluntary two-way engagement that addresses the gaps in the health needs of our people by coupling them with the expertise of Pakistani and foreign health professionals practicing abroad.
The two-way engagement will take place in the following way: Pakistani health-related institutions will post professional volunteer opportunities on our platform and overseas health professionals registered with us will be able to apply to those opportunities. Similarly, overseas health professionals will be able to post about their availability on our platform and Pakistani institutions registered with us will be able to connect with those health professionals.
Realize the full potential of the diaspora community for health sector development in Pakistan
Create a platform for the Pakistani diaspora to facilitate their sustained engagement for health sector development in Pakistan
Yaran e Watan was launched in April 2020 to supplement the response of the Pakistani Government to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its primary focus is on engaging overseas health professionals to provide Telehealth services in Pakistan, such as Telemedicine consultations to COVID-19 patients, Tele-training of health workforce members and research collaborations specific to COVID-19.
However, the overarching and long-term goals of the Yaran e Watan initiative are:
Arranging clinical and non-clinical missions to connect overseas health professionals to the appropriate groups in Pakistan who would benefit from their contributions. This will also include research and capacity-building opportunities by enabling individual researchers or professionals to connect with institutions in Pakistan.
Aligning and integrating already existing activities by diaspora organizations, for better coordination and to avoid duplication of effort.
Contribute to overcoming the massive nursing shortage in Pakistan, by attracting nursing faculty of Pakistani and foreign descent to seek opportunities in higher nursing education in Pakistan and contribute to capacity building.
Involving diaspora pharmacists to use their skills for capacity-building and development of the pharmacy sector in Pakistan.
Supporting vulnerable geographies as a priority, engaging diaspora health professionals in the special packages created by the government for these vulnerable places, which can include telemedicine and clinical missions.
Using diaspora health professionals to share and develop Pakistan-specific clinical and non-clinical guidelines in collaboration with local partners and institutions.
Contributing to national and provincial political alignment to remove hurdles for diaspora health professionals to work in Pakistan.
Facilitating research and institutional collaboration between international institutions and local partners, including hospital twinning.
Facilitating donations of equipment and ensuring maintenance and management of the equipment as per local capacity. Also, assist in setting up mobile and primary health care clinics and simple monetary contributions to public health activities.Catering for contributions by diaspora professionals from diverse backgrounds, in areas of non-medical requirements such as logistics, communications and technology.
Mobilizing and coordinating diaspora health community during national emergencies and humanitarian crisis by targeted contributions. This will lead to better alignment of needs and interests.
Engaging diaspora communities for development of the local entrepreneurial sector in health and medical technologies.
Promoting new activities with the intention of addressing Pakistan’s public health challenges. This in turn will create new ambassadors that feel respected, celebrated, proud and motivated.