Islamabad - Artificial Intelligence is playing a key role in eradication of disability in people. However, Pakistan needs to change its outlook on Disability through far-reaching and persistent legal and social reforms, said experts on Thursday.

STRIVE is a non-profit organisation working to eradicate disability in Pakistan. To achieve this goal, STRIVE has given the Vision 2025 – A World Free of Disability. Vision 2025 employs a multi-pronged approach of a) campaigning to raise awareness, b) introducing projects to effect policy change, and c) providing on-ground medical treatment and physiotherapy.

‘Eradication’ of disability is a goal that is becoming more achievable than ever with the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Leading multinational organisations across the globe are increasingly using AI to make breakthroughs in enhancing human capabilities through the fields of genetics, robotics, and pharmaceuticals.

In last year alone, renowned pharmaceutical companies produced life-saving drugs for previously incurable diseases. These include the drug Spinraza for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Kymriah a cell-based gene therapy, for the treatment of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Luxturna, a gene therapy to treat an inherited form of blindness which has been approved by the FDA.

Similarly, countless companies have already developed assistive technology for persons with disability, including the exoskeleton suits and bionic prosthetics.  

Simultaneously, Pakistan needs to change its outlook on Disability through far-reaching and persistent legal and social reforms. To achieve these goals, STRIVE invites all stakeholders to pool their expertise and coordinate their efforts. 

STRIVE’s Vision 2025 involves wide-scale legislative and social reforms through collective cooperation between academia, intelligentsia, healthcare professionals, and a broad range of stakeholders. STRIVE will provide liaison between all stakeholders and assist each stakeholder in gaining the maximum utility from mutually shared resources.