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.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “The Uganda eIDSR System”. During this webinar, colleagues from Uganda share how they have built an information system with their own resources, utilizing a multi-sector approach. They share how they have engaged with different arms of the government and other local partners to build a system that is now attracting interest from external funders.
The Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project is a multipronged and multicountry research collaboration focused on understanding what drives and hinders health service provision. Three datasets resulting from the ABCE project in Uganda are available for download: results of a nationally representative facility survey which gathered information on services offered, expenditure, revenue, personnel by category, and other variables related to facility operations; data collected in patient exit interviews conducted after patients visited facilities in the ABCE sample; and information extracted from the charts of HIV-positive patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Clinical chart extraction data and patient exit interview data can be linked to facility-level information from the ABCE Facility Survey.
The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently hosted a webinar which elaborated on RED-QI (Reaching Every District incorporating Quality Improvement approaches). The “RED-QI” approach is a process that supports addressing larger priority problems (e.g. persistently high drop-out rates) using small, rapid, doable changes that can be quickly tested and evaluated for adoption, adaption, or abandonment at the local level.
The Uganda EPI multiyear plan for 2012-2016 highlights the areas of focus for the immunization programme over the next 5 years based on previous programme performance, priorities for the health sector as stipulated in the Health Sector Strategic Investment Plan (2010/11 – 2014/15) and the global and regional goals set for child survival. The Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on mortality and morbidity reduction and the WHO Strategic direction 2010-2015 provided the overall strategic framework for development of the plan as well as priorities set in the HSSIP.