This report describes a pilot project that PATH conducted in the Afar Region of Ethiopia that aimed to increase vaccination coverage through social mobilization committees and communication activities. It examines the challenges to achieving vaccination coverage in the region, provides success stories demonstrating behavior change, and best practices and lessons learned.
More than 150 leading global health and development thinkers convened on June 15, 2016, for The Innovation Effect: Powering Disruptive Global Health Solutions in Washington, DC. This conference report provides an overview of the insights shared when attendees explored what happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine in often unexpected ways to create dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.
“It is the ability to benchmark across countries, adjust variables, and produce data for planning, that transforms our ability to understand health systems,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, at the recent launch of USAID’s Health Systems Benchmarking Tool. Unlike other web-based tools, the HSBT is intended for use in the field. It can be easily downloaded and is not reliant on Wi-Fi or large bandwidth. Download the tool...
The promise of digital technologies has seen multiple systems and millions of dollars invested for health information system in Sub-Saharan Africa. After overcoming barriers of infrastructure, technology, and connectivity, few of these systems have been able to directly impact patient care.
During this two and a half day meeting, participants discussed and shared their experiences and lessons learned regarding the development and implementation of EIRs. Furthermore, the meeting participants reviewed the proposed contents of a draft document under development by PAHO’s Improving Data Quality for Immunization (IDQi) Project.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Interoperability between EPI information systems: DHIS2 and DVD/MT”. This webinar describes Senegal’s experience with implementing DHIS2 and discusses interoperability considerations in relation to DVD-MT and DHIS2. The speakers highlight successes, opportunities for improvement, and the impact on data availability, quality and use.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Economies of Scale, Integration & Interoperability in Digital Health”.
This webinar discussed World Vision’s experiences in different countries and contexts, and the successes and challenges encountered (notably in engagements with governments) as they have worked in the field of digital health.
In support of the BID Learning Network (BLN) goals, the BLN launched study visits to enable peers to learn from other projects in a manner that not only allows the transfer of knowledge and skills among them, but also enables a fostering of professional relationships among people working on solutions that address similar problems.
Please find further details in the Concept Note which elaborates on the objectives, approach and key expected accomplishments of the BLN study visits.
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In its report Global Health 2035, the Commission on Investing in Health proposed that health investments can reduce mortality in nearly all low- and middle-income countries to very low levels, thereby averting 10 million deaths per year from 2035 onward. Many of these gains could be achieved through scale-up of existing technologies and health services. A key instrument to close this gap is policy and implementation research (PIR) that aims to produce generalizable evidence on what works to implement successful interventions at scale.
FULFILLING A PROMISE: ENSURING IMMUNIZATION FOR ALL IN AFRICA
See the official conference report for a look at the current state of immunization on the African continent.
A new report issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region shows that despite considerable progress in expanding access to vaccines in Africa, one in five children on the continent still do not receive life-saving immunizations. Africa’s routine immunization coverage of 80% is the lowest of any region in the world.