Collaboration of CTG with the Health Department
Although the Punjab Health department launched its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in 1978 and aimed to wipe out or drastically reduce viral diseases for which vaccinations are available, every year thousands of children die or succumb to invalidity due to lack of access to -or improper administration of- basic vaccinations. Polio, a viral disease which has been effectively eradicated in most of the world still persists in Pakistan and in fact, in December 2013, the polio virus was discovered thriving in Lahore’s sewage. Additionally, as of April 2014, polio has also been declared on the rise in eight districts of Punjab. In order to rectify this situation, wherein thousands are suffering needlessly from preventable diseases, the Center for Technology and Governance at ITU is now collaborating with the Health Department to chalk out a technological intervention which would help increase the effectiveness of the EPI. Using its mobile governance platform, CTG is developing a smart phone application which will aid the health department in monitoring the activities of field vaccination teams and thus ensure that vaccines are being properly administered. Apart from enabling the effective monitoring of vaccination personnel, this application will also allow for the accumulation of a comprehensive database, which will include geo-tagged photographic evidence of vaccinated children. Mr. Ali Gibran, the Program Manager of CTG said that this is an exciting project which can potentially benefit millions of people. He said that CTG is currently in the process of developing this application, which will be ready in a week or two. Once this is done, a pilot project will be launched in the district of Lahore. In the future, it is hoped that this project will be expanded to cover the entire province.