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Jun 20, 2018

BLN Webinar: Lessons Learned in Change Management and Data Use

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Tanzania, Zambia

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar entitled “Lessons Learned in Change Management and Data Use.” In this webinar, the presenters share the lessons learnt in Tanzania and Zambia during the implementation of data quality and data use interventions at district and sub-district levels. The audience learns about the use of change management tools to overcome resistance to change. The presenters discuss the different approaches used to address resistance.

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Mar 30, 2018

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registry – Lessons from Kenya

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to join a webinar entitled “Electronic Immunization Registry: Lessons from Kenya.” In this webinar, the presenter shares the electronic immunization registry (EIR) implementation milestones in Kenya by providing an overview, the situation analysis process, limitations, achievements and lessons learned. The audience learns about the implementation approach that Kenya has used, its partnership program, as well as the customization and development process of the EIR.

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Feb 8, 2018

BLN Discussion Meeting Report, 19-22 September 2017


The BID Learning Network hosted a discussion meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, from September 19 to 22, 2017. This report is a record of the proceedings of the meeting that took place in Lusaka. It highlights the discussions around strategies and approaches to improving data, quality, and use among participating countries and includes highlights around the progress made in BID demonstration countries (Tanzania and Zambia), the successes and challenges they have had, and the way forward. The meeting also brainstormed and made recommendations on the continuity and sustainability of the BLN after its first round of support from the Gates Foundation.

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Feb 7, 2018

Accelerating Harmonization in Digital Health

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Digital tools play an important role in supporting front-line health workers who deliver primary care. This paper, which appears in Volume 17 of World Health and Population, explores the current state of efforts undertaken to move away from single-purpose applications of digital health towards integrated systems and solutions that align with national strategies. Through examples from health information systems, data and health worker training, this paper demonstrates how governments and stakeholders are working to integrate digital health services. It emphasizes three factors as crucial for this integration: development and implementation of national digital health strategies; technical interoperability and collaborative approaches to ensure that digital health has an impact on the primary care level. Consolidation of technologies will enable an integrated, scalable approach to the use of digital health to support health workers. Laurie Werner, Global Director of the BID Initiative, and Amanda BenDor, Technical Program Manager for PATH's Digital Health Program, are co-authors of this paper.

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Jan 31, 2018

BLN Webinar: Technology Solutions for Routine Immunization Challenges in Nigeria

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar entitled “Technology Solutions to Routine Immunization Challenges in Nigeria.” End-to-end supply chain and logistics systems are key components of successful immunization programs. However, in Nigeria, supply chain and logistics systems have encountered numerous challenges particularly on the supply side, such as incomplete and inadequate data on commodity turnover and late deliveries to primary health centers (PHCs). To address these challenges, eHealth Africa (eHA) in close collaboration with the Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board (KPHCMB) developed the Logistics Management Information System (LoMIS).

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Dec 20, 2017

BLN Webinar: Data Quality and Nominal Electronic Immunization Registries – Lessons Learned from Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch our recent webinar entitled “Data Quality and Nominal Electronic Immunization Registries: Lessons Learned from Costa Rica.” Electronic immunization registries (EIRs) have been in existence in Latin America since the late 1980s with Uruguay and Mexico being among the first countries to implement EIRs in 1987 and 1991, respectively.  Since then, most of Latin America, including Costa Rica, have been working towards implementing national EIRs.  In this webinar, the presenter shares Costa Rica’s experience with implementing the national EIR.

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Nov 30, 2017

BLN Webinar: Integration of a Community-Based Early Warning System Module into DHIS2 in Cote d’Ivoire

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Côte d’Ivoire

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to join a webinar entitled “Integration of a Community-Based Early Warning System Module into DHIS2 in Cote d’Ivoire.” Recognizing the need to strengthen epidemiological surveillance of diseases at a community level, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the MEASURE Evaluation project together with the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire, and embarked on implementing a community-based early warning system for epidemic-prone diseases such as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), using mobile phone alerts linked to the District Health Information System v2 (DHIS2) platform.

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Nov 1, 2017

NetHope slides: Measurement, sustainability, and scale of data quality and data use interventions

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The BID Initiative presented at the 2017 NetHope Global Summit on "Measurement, sustainability, and scale of data quality and data use interventions." The full presentation can be found here.

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Oct 19, 2017

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture

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Over the past decade, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve health outcomes has multiplied in the global health sector. More recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on maturing away from a myriad of pilots and toward proven and scaled solutions. Now, ICTs are widely recognized as an essential and valuable tool for increasing access to and the quality of information and services.

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Sep 19, 2017

BID Initiative Briefs: Recommendations and Lessons Learned | Introduction

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Routine immunizations and new vaccine introductions are two best buys in global health. While immunization coverage has increased dramatically in the last decade, more must be done to ensure every child is reached. To bridge this gap, we need reliable, easily accessed and actionable data on the barriers impeding immunizations, coupled with trained data users at all levels of the health system. The BID Initiative is grounded in the belief that better data, plus better decisions will lead to better health outcomes. Partnering with Tanzania and Zambia, the BID Initiative developed, tested, and rolled out interventions that address some of the most pressing routine immunization service delivery challenges, such as poor visibility into vaccine supplies and difficulty identifying children who default on immunization schedules. These seven briefs summarize the BID Initiative’s approaches and interventions, and shares recommendations and lessons learned for others interested in improving immunization data quality and use. 

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