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Ona and PATH in Zambia for OpenSRP Immunization Project

Feb 23, 2017

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Working with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the BID Initiative is creating a culture of data use in the health service to increase access to immunization data and data-based decision-making to improve health outcomes for children. This will be done using tools such as a data use guide, data use campaign, supportive supervision, and the electronic immunization registry (EIR). Together with the MOH, we have partnered with Ona to implement OpenSRP as the immunization registry platform. The Ona team recently joined us in Livingstone, Zambia, to kickoff their work and visit a few health facilities where we will implement the EIR. The following post appeared on the Ona blog, detailing their trip and partnership with the BID Initiative and MOH.

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Scaling country-level global health innovations

Feb 15, 2017

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What country should we launch our project in? Which barriers to scale will we encounter in the country? These are just a few of the considerations implementers working in global health often face. And while there is no shortage of global health innovations, scaling innovations can be challenging.

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Sustainability: Better data beyond the BID Initiative

Feb 8, 2017

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The BID Initiative’s objective is to improve data quality, use, and collection in the Zambian immunisation programme with the aim of improving the health outcomes of children. Making changes in the way health service staff use their data to make decisions is imperative, but once those changes and innovations are implemented, the government must ensure they are fully integrated into the day-to-day functions of their service delivery, with the budgetary and institutional commitments to support and maintain those functions

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Top 6 takeaways from the Global Digital Health Forum

Jan 30, 2017

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We had the pleasure of attending the Global Digital Health Forum last month where the BID Initiative and Digital Health Solutions teams, along with other PATH teams, presented on several panels. As we move ahead with new and existing projects, we left the meeting encouraged by the work and collaboration among public- and private-sector partners to improve health system challenges. The following are six of the top takeaways from the event:

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Rolling out change management interventions in Zambia

Jan 26, 2017

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Since 2014, the BID Initiative has worked closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Zambia to improve immunization data quality and use. To reach an immunization coverage of 90%, both groups knew that strengthening data collection, quality, and use would be critical.

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Partnerships for a healthier world at WEF

Jan 24, 2017

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos last week brought together the foremost political, business and society leaders together to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The event offered a platform for leaders to share insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future.

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Transforming behavior and culture

Jan 19, 2017

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The BID Learning Network convened in Uganda in November for a design collaborative meeting focused on change management. Participants from across sub-Saharan Africa explored the Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model and how to transform behaviors and organizational cultures; learned from each another and BID Initiative experiences on what has been successful and challenging when implementing changes; and identified practical tools and strategies to facilitate change management.

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Diving into data use in 2017

Jan 17, 2017

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As we kick off a new year, we are encouraged by the momentum around data use for decision making in global health. Effective data use among health workers is a strong pillar of the BID Initiative and critical for the success of the tools we are implementing.

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The Year 2016 in Photos

Dec 21, 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, we look back at the great progress we made this year towards providing countries with an adaptable package of solutions to improve data quality, collection and use. Thank you for following along on our journey and we look forward to an exciting and fruitful 2017.

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Looking Ahead to 2017: New Resources to Put Principles for Digital Development into Action

Dec 15, 2016

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This week, global development stakeholders from around the world convened at the Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF) in the Washington, DC area to share knowledge with colleagues and wrestle with the challenges we face to realize the full potential of digital services. DIAL and PATH led a panel discussion at the GDHF that examined the current state of digital health knowledge and how organizations are practicing the Principles for Digital Development (PDD).

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