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Feb 6, 2017

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

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Global

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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Uganda

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

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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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Global

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

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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)
Download File: pdf (20.4 MB)

The Power of Community Engagement (Presented by Projecting Health)
Download File: pdf (9.8 MB)

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)
Download File: pdf (584 KB)

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)
Download File: pdf (1 MB)

Open HIE: Global and Local (Presented by BID Initiative)
Download File: pdf (1.4 MB)

Dec 1, 2016

State of inequality: Childhood immunization

Global

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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Nov 10, 2016

Report: Pneumonia and Diarrhea Continue To Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Young Children in Many Countries

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Global

A new report finds some progress in combatting pneumonia and diarrhea among young children in the nations most severely impacted by the two diseases, but they remain responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths around the world.

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Oct 31, 2016

Global Digital Health Network October Meeting Recap: Health Information Systems Interoperability

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Health Information System (HIS) Interoperability is a very popular topic among Network members and Digital Health Implementers.  At the recent WAHO September Joint Annual HIS and IDSR Managers and Partners Meeting in Cape Verde, it was reported that DHIS 2 will be rolled out in over 20 West and Central Africa countries by 2019.  The topic of interoperability of DHIS 2 with other HIS featured in many discussions including the need to address data sharing, comprehensive data reporting and other HIS efforts.  Admittedly, there is still a lot for implementers to learn thus, our October Global Digital Health Network meeting featured four experts to share their experiences in HIS Interoperability.  Over 70 people joined the discussion in Washington, DC and online last Friday as our presenters delved into the subject.

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Oct 27, 2016

Webinar: VaxTrac Benin Study Visit – Reflections and Lessons Learned

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Benin

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “VaxTrac Benin Study Visit: Reflections and Lessons Learned.”

During this webinar, VaxTrac presents on common themes and implementation/scale-up challenges that were identified during the recent BLN Study Visit to Benin conducted between 11th and 16th July 2016. VaxTrac shares some of their relevant end-line evaluation results to show how challenges identified during the Study Visit have since been addressed, in addition to the lessons they have learned in the process of transitioning from an in-country office implementation model to a third-party support model.

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