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Apr 27, 2017

BLN Webinar: Making the Case for Improved Immunization Data in Zimbabwe

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In this webinar, the presenter walked the audience through the Zimbabwe Expanded Program on Immunization (ZEPI) with a brief background and historical perspective. The speaker shared lessons learned in the process of implementing the EPI program and its integration into the national health information and surveillance system.

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Mar 30, 2017

BLN Webinar: Immunization Data Management Systems – Challenges and Perspectives from Cameroon

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In this webinar, our speaker shared lessons learned from the process of developing and implementing the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Data Management System in Cameroon. The presentation explains the tools that were applied, the actors at play, and the approach taken. Our speaker discussed the challenges encountered during the process and changes made to overcome them by highlighting critical areas of prioritization.

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Feb 27, 2017

BLN Design Meeting Report (Uganda)

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The BLN design meeting in Uganda brought together Ministry of Health (MOH) representatives from 15 sub-Saharan African countries (full list in Annex 2). The participants included those involved in country Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) programs as well as management/policy-level personnel. The focus of the meeting was change management. View the meeting report below.

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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 31, 2017

Webinar: The Uganda eIDSR system

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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.

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Jan 30, 2017

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


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.

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Jan 10, 2017

Sustainability of health information systems: a three-country qualitative study in southern Africa

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi

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).

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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.

Formulating a Data Use Culture (Presented by BID Initiative and Data Use Partnership)
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The Power of Community Engagement (Presented by Projecting Health)
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Digital Health Knowledge Base Convening Results (Presented by BID Initiative)
Download File: pdf (1.6 MB)

Creating Demand for Data through User-Centered Design (Presented by BID Initiative)
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Holistic systems thinking approach: Getting more out of our investments (Presented by BID Initiative)
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Telling Stories with Data Visualization (Presented by BID Initiative & MACEPA)
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Open HIE: Global and Local (Presented by BID Initiative)
Download File: pdf (1.4 MB)

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