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Humanizing data: Permanent Secretary of Tanzania discusses road map to better health

As the African proverb reads: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. When the Government of Tanzania first introduced its eHealth Strategy in 2013, it knew the success of the ambitious mandate depended on forging strong partnerships. The effort to adopt and apply information communication technology (ICT) throughout the health sector could transform the delivery of quality healthcare services, but not without careful investments and coordination across sectors and partners.

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Empowering Immunization Mentors in Tanzania

We are constantly learning and tailoring our approach to more effectively and efficiently roll out BID interventions. As we began implementing in Tanzania, we saw the need to adjust our strategy based on lessons learned from the early district implementations.

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Tanzania has set its digital health road map and is revving its engine, ready to drive forward.

At the core of Tanzania’s strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a vision of all health workers’ ability to access and meaningfully use the information they need to make the best decisions to improve health.

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Data Use Partnership: The Journey to Better Data for Better Health in Tanzania

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Tanzania demands coordinated investments in health data

On 21 October, 2016, 80 government, donor, and NGO partners gathered in a conference room in Dodoma, Tanzania. The Deputy Minister of Health addressed the rapt audience, and told them of Tanzania’s bold aims to accelerate the transformation of Tanzania’s health system through the use of data to measure performance and improve service provision.

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Implementation and Expansion in Tanzania

Implementation in Arusha Region Tanzania is in full swing with two districts (Arusha City and Meru districts) complete and a third district (Karatu) making excellent progress. We also held sensitization meetings with community leaders and health officials in a fourth district (Longido) in preparation for rollout in the coming weeks.

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Investing in Tanzania and Zambia

As we officially start the second half of our BID Initiative grant, we took some time to reflect on our accomplishments to date as well as the challenges we’ve faced and the lessons we’ve learned. Over the last year, we’ve made incredible progress in designing, testing and rolling out interventions.

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Matrona Reaches More Children with Tanzania’s Immunization Registry

On a recent visit to Terrat Dispensary in Arusha City Council district, I sat down with nurse Matrona Silayo to discuss her role and how the new electronic immunization registry is positively impacting her work. At the facility, Matrona’s role largely involves work in the Reproductive Child Health clinic to manage stock, administer vaccines, create reports, and educate mothers on general child health and immunization.

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Tanzania Field Visits – December 2015

While attending the December 2015 BLN Discussion Meeting, we visited various health facilities in Arusha, Tanzania where we are currently rolling out BID Initiative interventions. The field visits allowed us to speak with health workers to learn more about how BID is improving health service delivery and creating efficiency in their day-to-day work. We also observed the electronic immunization registry in practice and how BID is building a culture of improved data collection, quality and use.

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BLN Discussion Meeting – Arusha, Tanzania

Sixty participants from 17 countries joined our team in Arusha, Tanzania from 7-11 of December 2015, for a BID Learning Network (BLN) Discussion Meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity for country representatives and various partner organizations to discuss the challenges and best practices around developing and implementing eHealth strategies and improving data collection, quality and use across health systems.

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