Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) and Health Department Government of Sindh launched Zindagi Mehfooz (ZM) Digital Immunization Registry in Sindh- an android-based application developed by Interactive Research and Development (IRD) with Indus Health Network (IHN) supporting implementation across the province to reduce child mortality from vaccine preventable diseases.
The provincial scale-up is funded by WHO-Pakistan with GAVI’s support. The registry was initially funded by UN Foundation Innovation Working Group and was later supported by WHO for limited pilots and scale-up. The core team working on the IRD vaccination program is led by Dr. Subhash Chandir, IRD’s Director of Child Health & Vaccines Program and Faculty at Harvard Medical School, and IRD’s Founder Dr. Aamir Khan. Other instrumental members directly contributing to the program’s development and execution include: Dr. Abdul Bari Khan (CEO -Indus Health Network), Ali Habib (CEO -Interactive Health Solutions), Saira Khowaja (Deputy Executive Director Global Health Directorate- Indus Health Network), Dr. Vijay Kumar, Danya Arif and Dr. Mubarak Shah (Senior Program Managers – Child Health & Vaccines Program, IRD) among others. “Out of every 1000 live births, 82 children die before their first birthday in Sindh according to Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014.