Guest Lecture: Mustafa Naseem

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

"Using Technology to Save Lives: How locally designed ICT solutions transformed the routine immunization program in Punjab, Pakistan"


Pakistan is one of three remaining countries in the world where poliomyelitis (polio) is still categorized as an endemic viral infection, and it accounted for 85% of the 359 wild poliovirus cases in the world in 2014. Administering routine vaccinations in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province with over a 100 million people, is a big challenge. In this talk, I highlight the Punjab government’s smartphone-based vaccinator monitoring scheme called e-Vaccs, and detail the design, development, and deployment of an Immunization Information System (IIS) called Har Zindagi: Every Life Matters.

Har Zindagi was developed at the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab in Pakistan, which the speaker founded and co-directed. The system was piloted in two districts of Punjab with 50 state-appointed vaccinators who inoculated 17,000 children over 7 months, and based on the findings from the pilot, Har Zindagi is now being scaled to inoculate approximately 4 million children a year throughout Punjab. In this talk, he shows findings from third-party evaluations, demonstrating an across-the-board increase in immunization coverage in Punjab, and a decrease in the number of polio cases in Pakistan from 306 in 2014 to 8 cases in 2017.    

Speaker Bio:

Mustafa Naseem is an educator, product designer and social entrepreneur interested in using digital technology and building local capacity to solve global development challenges. He is an ICTD Expert-in-Residence at the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads and teaches in the ICTD track of the professional master’s program. His recent work has focused on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve public service delivery in global health, and water and sanitation (WASH) sectors. Mustafa has taught and led ICT, design, and entrepreneurship programs in six countries in Africa, Asia and North America. He received his master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) from the ATLAS Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship, and was shortlisted among 12 finalist Rolex Awards for Enterprise Young Laureates in 2016.