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Aug 31, 2018

BID Initiative Generic Tools

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Strategic reuse of appropriate tools is one of the core principles of the BID Initiative. Over the last five years, we have created several planning, implementation, and data strengthening tools for use in Tanzania and Zambia. We have taken the most frequently used tools from both countries and made them generic. We are sharing the tools here for countries to reuse and modify for their specific needs. Below are the categories of the tools based on their intended use, along with more information about how each was used.

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Feb 8, 2018

BLN Discussion Meeting Report, 19-22 September 2017


The BID Learning Network hosted a discussion meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, from September 19 to 22, 2017. This report is a record of the proceedings of the meeting that took place in Lusaka. It highlights the discussions around strategies and approaches to improving data, quality, and use among participating countries and includes highlights around the progress made in BID demonstration countries (Tanzania and Zambia), the successes and challenges they have had, and the way forward. The meeting also brainstormed and made recommendations on the continuity and sustainability of the BLN after its first round of support from the Gates Foundation.

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Dec 4, 2017

Global Digital Health Forum Presentations 2017

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PATH’s BID Initiative and the Digital Health Solutions program, along with other PATH country teams, presented at several sessions at this years Global Digital Health Forum.  Please find the presentations from the event below.

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Oct 19, 2017

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture

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Over the past decade, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve health outcomes has multiplied in the global health sector. More recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on maturing away from a myriad of pilots and toward proven and scaled solutions. Now, ICTs are widely recognized as an essential and valuable tool for increasing access to and the quality of information and services.

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May 31, 2017

BLN Webinar: Principles of Digital Development

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “Principles of Digital Development.” The Principles of Digital Development are a set of high level concepts for consideration before embarking on any technology-supported programs. In this webinar, Carolyn Florey, Director of Collective Impact at Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), discussed how they should be integrated during all phases of project implementation.

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Feb 13, 2017

BLN Webinar: Data Driven Health Delivery Systems at eHealth Africa

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “Data Driven Health Delivery Systems at eHealth Africa.” This webinar provides background and examples of ways in which eHealth Africa (eHA) employs technology and information systems to transform health care delivery.  Our speaker described how eHA has improved immunization systems through the use… >

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Feb 6, 2017

Assessment of mHealth applications for their potential to provide healthcare information for citizens in low resource settings


This 2017 report provides an update and an extension of the assessment published in 2014. It reviews the criteria and “traffic light” indicators selected for the previous assessment, updates the 2014 assessments of particular healthcare information “apps” in the light of developments since then, and includes assessments of the potential of some additional apps, particularly some that have appeared since 2014. It also outlines the emerging picture on “downstream” issues of user engagement with and impact of these applications.

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Jan 10, 2017

Reported National Level Stock-Outs of Home-Based Records—A Quiet Problem for Immunization Programmes That Needs Attention

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Home-based records (HBRs) are an important tool for recording and communicating within primary healthcare service delivery. Unfortunately, HBRs are currently unable to fulfil their intended purpose in many communities either because the HBR is not functionally well-designed to serve its objectives, not made available, not fully adopted and/or not appropriately utilized by caregivers and/or health workers. This brief report describes the occurrence of nationally reported HBR stock-outs and HBR financing patterns during 2014 and 2015 across 195 countries reporting immunization system performance data to the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Dec 13, 2016

Global Digital Health Forum Presentations


The BID Initiative and Digital Health Solutions program, along with other PATH teams representing MACEPAand Projecting Health, presented several abstracts at the 3rd annual Global Digital Health Forum. Please find the presentations from the event below.

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Dec 1, 2016

State of inequality: Childhood immunization


The report from the WHO Global Health Observatory Data addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? And how have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years? In answering these questions, this report draws on data about five childhood immunization indicators, disaggregated by four dimensions of inequality, and covering 69 countries. The findings of this report indicate that there is less inequality now than 10 years ago. Global improvements have been realized with variable patterns of change across countries and by indicator and dimension of inequality. The current situation in many countries shows that further improvement is needed to lessen inequalities; in particular, inequalities related to household economic status and mother’s education were the most prominent. This report is accompanied by electronic interactive visuals, which facilitates thorough and customizable exploration of the data.

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