Policy Analysis on Pakistan

Why technology is no cure-all for the health sector

In the four poorest districts of Punjab, one out of five children die from health complications before their fifth birthday. Treatment for those children is often hard to find as doctors at public health clinics are often absent, as shown by researchers in a recent study for the International Growth Centre (IGC). A smartphone-based intervention was made to better enforce doctor attendance, but it only worked in areas where elections were competitive, rather than monopolised by one party. In an article for Dawn, CDPR Communications Associate Sheryar Nabi explains the IGC study's results to show how promising technological solutions to improving healthcare are hindered by political interests.

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