SNG Awards Grant to ITU – IPAL for Har Zindagi! Project
The Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) at Information Technology University (ITU) was awarded a grant worth £250,000 pounds by Sub-National Governance Project (SNG). The contract for the grant was signed by Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of ITU and Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, and Mr. Hamid Yaqoob from SNG. The event was attended by officials from SNG, the Chief Minister Health Road Map Team and the Health Secretary.
Har Zindagi – Every Life Matters was awarded the grant out of 247 other applicants. The Har Zindagi- Every Life Matters project aims to increase uptake, retention and quality of immunization by using a redesigned immunization card for parents and a smartphone application for vaccinators that stores real-time immunization records onto a centralized database. Centralized records will be available on a dashboard for policymakers. Vaccinator attendance and performance will also be measured from smartphone data, GPS tagging and guardian feedback via SMS.
The pilot program was tested in the districts of Sahiwal and Sheikhupura and it resulted in increased coverage of vaccinations, higher retention rate and improved quality of vaccine administration. The various outcomes of this pilot are being evaluated and effective outcomes are going to be adopted soon by the provincial government.
The project is designed by ITU’s IPAL, an applied research lab that incorporates user-centred design and co-creation principles to create technologies that help improve the lives of people living in poverty. Other projects in IPAL include remote water quality testing for water filtration plants and redesigning the user-interface for ATM Machines for the convenience of users with low literacy skills.