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.
Health information systems are central to strong health systems. They assist with patient and program management, quality improvement, disease surveillance, and strategic use of information. Many donors have worked to improve health information systems, particularly by supporting the introduction of electronic health information systems (EHIS), which are considered more responsive and more efficient than older, paper-based systems. As many donor-driven programs are increasing their focus on country ownership, sustainability of these investments is a key concern. This analysis explores the potential sustainability of EHIS investments in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, originally supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
An effective health service comprises many components, including a well-functioning supply chain; the availability of commodities at the health facility is one key part of the logistics system that ensures the end user can receive the health service they need. Delivering health commodities to the last mile, the point of service delivery, involves many processes and several modes of transportation. Commodities must come from manufacturers— often in foreign countries—to national warehouses, then to local storage units, and finally to the local health facility. In the countries where the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT implements supply chain programs, logisticians employ several models for the delivery of health supplies to service delivery points.
The Better Immunization Data Initiative Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “The Cold Chain Management in Zambia”. This webinar focuses on the practical aspects of managing the cold chain for a vaccination program in an environment that is less than ideal.
Achieving universal health coverage and reducing health inequalities are primary goals for an increasing number of health systems worldwide. Timely and accurate measurements of levels and trends in key health indicators at local levels are crucial to assess progress and identify drivers of success and areas that may be lagging behind.
A series of 10 reports for Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 mNutrition services to contribute to public health needs.
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 Zambia 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.
This document seeks to provide the strategic framework for ensuring the efficient and effective organisation, coordination and management of the health sector in Zambia, for the next five years ending 2015.
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.