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Ensuring vaccines reach the people who need them most

Apr 28, 2017

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Stacks of immunization registry ledgers tower above the desks and medical supplies. Each ledger contains rows and rows of patient records—their name, date of birth, the last time they received a vaccine, and which antigen, among other information.

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Closing the immunization gap with care, empathy and compassion

Apr 26, 2017

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Prosperinne Walumba has seen many things in her 30 years as a nurse. But despite all the transformations over the years, her personal code remains constant: her commitment to care, empathy, and compassion, something the BID Initiative is helping her spread by easing workloads and enabling health workers to deliver more personalized care.

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Vietnam’s Digital Immunization Registry: Important lessons and parallels to BID Initiative

Apr 20, 2017

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It used to take Ms. Linh more than a day to generate a list of immunization patients at the Phu Hung Commune Health center in southern Vietnam. Ms. Linh was responsible for manually entering each name and record into paper registers before personally delivering invitation letters for the upcoming clinic. These days, it takes a fraction of that time – just 15 minutes on the computer.

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Humanizing data: Permanent Secretary of Tanzania discusses road map to better health

Apr 13, 2017

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As the African proverb reads: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. When the Government of Tanzania first introduced its eHealth Strategy in 2013, it knew the success of the ambitious mandate depended on forging strong partnerships. The effort to adopt and apply information communication technology (ICT) throughout the health sector could transform the delivery of quality healthcare services, but not without careful investments and coordination across sectors and partners.

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World Health Worker Week celebrates unsung heroes

Apr 5, 2017

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They are caretakers, educators, neighbors, peers, and family. They are also a critical backbone for health systems across the developing world, providing life-saving services directly to communities, even in the most remote, rural areas. Health care workers (HCWs) are often the first, and sometimes only point of contact with the health system – particularly in low and middle-income countries. But with a projected shortage of 18 million health workers required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, HCWs are also often overworked and undervalued.

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Data-use tools catching on in health facilities

Mar 21, 2017

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Since November 2016, the BID Initiative has been rolling out data use interventions in Livingstone and Kazungula districts of Southern Province to help build a culture of data use in the health service. The interventions, such as the data use guide and supportive supervision, have been well-received in the health facilities, with some facilities recording early successes with the tools.

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Empowering Immunization Mentors in Tanzania

Mar 15, 2017

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We are constantly learning and tailoring our approach to more effectively and efficiently roll out BID interventions. As we began implementing in Tanzania, we saw the need to adjust our strategy based on lessons learned from the early district implementations.

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Health care’s next revolution: digitized data to transform lives

Mar 9, 2017

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In a world with many tough problems, getting good data is a solvable first step. The call for better global health data has been steadily getting louder. In a recent article, Melinda Gates noted that while the quality and use of these data are improving, significant work remains.

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OpenLMIS Version 3 – A Global Achievement

Mar 2, 2017

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The release of OpenLMIS version 3 is truly something to celebrate – it is the result of an extraordinary collaboration of organizations and individuals around the world. Teams from multiple countries contributed technical requirements, defined business processes, and wrote countless hours of code for the latest iteration of OpenLMIS, a powerful, enterprise class logistics management information system (LMIS).

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Tanzania has set its digital health road map and is revving its engine, ready to drive forward.

Mar 1, 2017

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At the core of Tanzania’s strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a vision of all health workers’ ability to access and meaningfully use the information they need to make the best decisions to improve health.

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