What: Samia Razaq – Maternal and Child Health Projects in Pakistan
When: Tuesday, Feb 17 at 12pm
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Please join us this week for Change. Smaia Razaq from ITU-Punjab will be presenting information needs surrounding maternal health awareness in Pakistan.
Pakistan has the third highest maternal deaths in South Asia. Globally, more than 350,000 women die each year from preventable complications linked to pregnancy. Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is relatively higher in developing countries with a concentration in rural and underserved communities. In Pakistan around 30,000 women die each year due to the pre and postnatal complications.
In this talk Samia Razaq talks about three maternal health mHealth initiatives from ITU-Punjab to address these issues. Projects include an SMS and IVR system to inform women about family planning, pre-maternal illness and general health, a digitized Android based IMCI protocol being deployed at Ganga Ram hospital, and work on digitizing immunization records. All three projects help alleviate health information gaps among women, communities and health officials.
About the speaker:
Samia Razaq completed her Masters in Computer Sciences from the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at LUMS. During her time at LUMS, she was part of the research lab, Neighborhood for Emerging World Technologists (NEWT). As part of her research work she worked in the area of ICTD and Language Technologies and worked on several collaborative projects with the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
Currently, Samia is teaching the D-Lab course at ITU-Punjab, which is inspired from D-Lab MIT, where she hopes to relay her knowledge of 6 years of research in robotics and ICT4D to the students. She believes that a person can better impact the world, by building solutions and designing systems that facilitate the development of the world.