Umar Saif and Bill Gates

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation has acknowledged the use of innovative methods used by Pakistan for immunization coverage.

Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman  Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) was invited by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to Seattle as part of the Global Good meeting in Seattle, USA.

In the meeting, five people from all over the world were invited as examples of how innovative technology and data has been used to advance global development goals, especially coverage of child immunization and public health.

Dr. Umar Saif presented how innovative systems developed by his team changed immunization coverage in Punjab from 18% to 88% in less than 2 years. He also presented his work on using a smartphone-based system which helped eradicate Dengue in Punjab.

Bill Gates remarked that the results achieved by Dr. Umar Saif were unprecedented in the world and are an example for the rest of the world to emulate, according to the official statement.

During his visit, Dr. Saif also met with other teams at the Gates Foundation and shared his work in agriculture technology for crop yield estimation using GIS and financial inclusion in Pakistan.

Speaking with media after the meetings, Dr. Saif said that the comments and recognition by Bill Gates of his work as a global success is very encouraging.

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