Between September 19 and September 22, BID Learning Network (BLN) participants gathered in Lusaka, Zambia for a final 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 digital health strategies and improving data collection, quality, and use across health systems. The week-long meeting included site visits to health facilities implementing interventions, as well as sessions on Zambia and Tanzania’s progress to-date, and panel discussions on change management.
Stay tuned for the full report from the meeting.
In 2016, PATH’s Digital Health Solutions program supported the Government of Tanzania in conducting a thorough landscape and gap analysis to identify the greatest opportunities to address key data challenges impeding health system performance. The process culminated in a government-driven data use investment road map for Tanzania. This report summarizes those findings and recommendations.
An integrated supply chain is cost-effective, responsive, and reliable, and helps reduce stockouts. An integrated supply chain links all the actors involved in managing health products into one cohesive supply chain management organization. Countries typically move through an evolution process to achieve an integrated public health supply chain. While every country is different, the path to integration usually evolves, over time, through three sequential phases: (1) the ad hoc phase, where stakeholders have little common understanding of what the supply chain looks like; (2) the organized phase, where roles and procedures for basic logistics functions are clarified and sufficient financial and human resources are mobilized; and (3) the integrated phase, where people, functions, levels, and entities in the supply chain are linked and managed through an interconnected supply chain organization
Although it has a relatively low ranking in terms of the World Economic Forum's Networked Readiness Index (123rd of 143 in 2015). the ICT environment in Tanzania is rapidly changing, in large part because of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System and the National ICT Broadband Backbone. The increased competition in both the voice and data markets has led to reduced pricing though it is still considered relatively expensive.
The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently hosted a webinar entitled “Introduction and Formation of User Advisory Groups (UAG) in Arusha”. This webinar focused on the engagement of groups that are composed of users at different levels of the health system, who have a certain level of authority that enables them to validate the project. These users provide leadership for iterations of interventions as well as champion the process of improving immunization information systems.
The Tanzania mHealth Country Feasibility Report is the fourth in a series of 10 reports for Sub-Saharan Africa (Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Each report turns a spotlight on the in-country mobile landscape and health burden, in terms of nutrition and maternal and child health, and then assesses the potential for mHealth services to contribute to public health needs. This series of reports is central to the aims of the GSMA Mobile for Development mHealth programme - to promote replication and the integration of mobile into health.
We recently sat down with Chilunga Puta to learn more about her new role as the BID Learning Network (BLN) director. In the second part of her Q&A, Chilunga shares more details about the BLN and why it’s important to BID’s overall success.
As the BID Initiative rapidly expands its team to gear up for country implementation, we welcome Chilunga Puta who will serve as director of the BLN, based in Zambia. We recently sat down with Chilunga to learn more about her role and what she looks forward to as she steps into this critical position. Stay tuned for part two of her Q&A series where Chilunga will share her thoughts and insight around the importance of peer learning and how the BLN is critical to success.
The Tanzania mainland’s healthcare system, through its ongoing health sector reforms, aims to improve health outcomes. As part of these reforms, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) has developed its strategic plan—the Health Sector Strategic Plan III (HSSP III)—to guide priority setting and deployment of resources in the health sector. Although implementation of HSSP III promised to produce many positive results, realizing the best outcomes in the face of increasing pressures on the healthcare system requires a fundamental transformation in the way health care is delivered and managed.
Weak health information systems (HIS) are a critical challenge to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals because health systems performance cannot be adequately assessed or monitored where HIS data are incomplete, inaccurate, or untimely. The Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnerships were established in five sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia) to catalyze advances in strengthening district health systems. Interventions were tailored to the setting in which activities were planned.