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Tanzania’s digital leadership drives partnerships with JSI, others

To be truly successful, data quality and use interventions must be scalable and able to be implemented across different settings with different people and partners beyond the BID Initiative. We are pleased to see these partnerships already taking shape with, for instance, the Catholic Medical Mission Board in Zambia’s Western Province, where the country’s electronic immunization registery is now in use in nine health facilities. Most recently, BID has collaborated with John Snow, Inc.’s (JSI) inSupply project to rollout TImR in Dodoma Region.

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Health workers in Tanzania become data use champions, set national example

When the BID Initiative first began working in Tanzania to introduce data quality and use interventions alongside the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), using data was not an everyday practice for most health care workers (HCWs). Many were more excited about the new devices such as the electronic immunization registry, than they were about using this information to improve decision-making. After implementing a change management strategy and thorough training led by district officials, HCWs began to realize the value of using data for decision-making. They began asking: Where do I find all the registered and vaccinated children? What should I do if a child misses a vaccine and I have a red alert on my coverage report? And how do I find children scheduled for vaccination the following month?

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Tanzania migrates data from TIIS to TImR

Progress and growth is often a nonlinear process. Sometimes it’s accompanied by significant gains and great leaps forward, and other times it is slow and steady. In keeping with this trajectory, the BID Initiative’s mission to improve data quality and data use in Tanzania and Zambia has – at times – been a rollercoaster of a ride. But both our successes and challenges have helped us get to where we are today.

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With expansion to Kilimanjaro, BID launches third region in Tanzania

Earlier this month, the BID Initiative expanded to its third region in Tanzania, the Kilimanjaro region. This is a tremendous step and embodies our “learn fast, fail fast, share fast” core value by taking lessons learned from Arusha and Tanga region and building them into the Kilimanjaro rollout. Rollout to the Kilimanjaro region provides an opportunity for the government of Tanzania to take an ongoing leading role as they begin to plan to scale data quality and use interventions to the rest of the country.

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Bill Gates visits BID Initiative, helps launch next phase of Tanzania’s Data Use Partnership

Last week, the BID Initiative was honored to host Bill Gates for a visit celebrating Tanzania’s progress and commitment to embracing a culture of data use within its health system. After completing the Arusha region, BID recently announced its plans to expand data use and data quality interventions to two new regions in the country – Tanga and Kilimanjaro.

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Leading from behind: Celebrating the completion of Arusha and the start of a new chapter in Tanzania

There are 285 facilities actively using interventions aiming to improve data quality and use; 81,735 children registered in Tanzania’s electronic immunization registry (EIR); 672 frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) trained on these interventions; and 48 district immunization mentors (DIMs) appointed, trained, and deployed to support HCWs in the health facilities that provide immunization services. This January, the BID Initiative completed rollout in the first demonstration region of Arusha.

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Tanzania realizes vision for an integrated immunization system

A successful immunization program requires the uninterrupted availability of quality vaccines from the point at which a vaccine is manufactured to the moment a nurse administers it. But in order for manufacturers and health workers to walk in lock-step, they need end-to-end visibility into supply chains, to improve forecasting and procurement plans at a national level. The ability to link vaccine supply data to facility-level utilization and performance data ensures more cost-effective, efficient and reliable vaccine management.

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