One reason for the accolades is that Saif took the mobile campaign one step further: He built a Google map that correlates the locations of dengue cases and hot spots for mosquito larvae. “So there’s a clear pattern of disease outbreak that corresponds to reports of positive dengue larvae,” he says.
With these visuals, Saif and his team could zero in on problem regions in the province and predict future outbreaks.
The mobile phone campaign also helps to stop another issue that plagues Pakistan: entrenched public sector corruption.
“You have people who have not done — maybe for decades — work as well as they were supposed to do,” Saif says. “So the government needs to therefore now use technology in innovative ways to monitor its functions.”