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Partnerships for a healthier world at WEF

Jan 24, 2017

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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Immunization demand generation in Afar, Ethiopia

Nov 7, 2016

PATH recently released a report on our demand generation efforts to increase immunization uptake in Afar, Ethiopia. Vaccine uptake in the remote region of Afar was hampered by poor infrastructure, difficulty reaching nomadic populations, and keeping vaccines cold in one of the hottest places on earth. While the whole of Ethiopia reports 19 percent of children under 5 not immunized, immunization coverage in the Afar region falls to 9 percent among children 12-23 months old.

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Global Partnership on Development Data

Apr 17, 2015

Data is a hot topic in the global community, as we saw with the recent New York Times article, and we are inspired by the enthusiasm as we continue moving forward into the next phases of the Better Immunization Data Initiative. Claire Melamed recently authored an article on Global Dashboard, So what could a Global Partnership on Development Data do for us?

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Targeting Specific Diseases vs. Health System Strengthening in Zambia

Apr 16, 2015

As we work towards increasing immunization coverage rates in Zambia through increased data collection, quality, and use, we take a moment to review a recent study in BMC Medicine by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, USAID, among others. The results beg the question, are routine health services, such as child immunizations, suffering as the focus grows towards disease specific interventions? The following excerpts are from an article originally published on Humanosphere, authored by Tom Paulson.

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How Can Digital Behavior Correlate to Disease Risk?

Apr 3, 2015

In a recent article on Reuters, a new study suggests “Internet search data might someday help estimate the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like stroke, heart disease or cancer.” Using search terms from Google Trends, the authors of the study uncovered a strong correlation with CDC’s measured estimates of disease risk from population data

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Stepping up in Support of Vaccines to Save Lives

Jan 27, 2015

Today, leaders and development ministers from around the world gathered in Berlin for the Gavi Pledging Conference. Gavi set a plan for 2016-2020 which would save up to six million lives and immunize more than 300 million children against deadly diseases. To meet this plan, Gavi set a target of US$7.5 billion to fully meet countries’ demands for vaccines against conditions including rotavirus, HPV, measles-rubella and typhoid, and to expand immunization to those children and communities currently excluded. We are happy to share that Gavi has exceeded their target and reached US$7.539 billion!

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How to Improve Access to Affordable Health Care

Nov 13, 2014

In support of their Healthy Means campaign, Devex published an article, “How to improve access to affordable health care,” that resonates with some of the work we are doing with the BID Initiative. The article stresses that while access and affordability are important, without strong health systems and quality service delivery with accountability and effective oversight, health care service will remain insufficient.

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The Importance of Data in the Ebola Outbreak

Oct 15, 2014

As health workers attempt to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, access to reliable data is becoming increasingly important. With the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative, we focus on solutions in immunization that can be applied to other health interventions, enabling healthcare workers to properly collect data and creating a data-use culture at the local level. Using data to inform decisions and identify trends can be a powerful tool in helping to prevent outbreaks from spreading and devastating healthcare systems as we have seen with Ebola.

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