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Sustainability: Better data beyond the BID Initiative

Feb 8, 2017

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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Rolling out change management interventions in Zambia

Jan 26, 2017

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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Transforming behavior and culture

Jan 19, 2017

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

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

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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Uncovering a registry champion

Dec 14, 2016

During roll out in Karatu district, “Binamu,” a Swahili word for “cousin,” became very popular among the implementation team. Binamu is the cousin to an RCH Nurse at Kansay Health Centre, a high-volume health facility where we have introduced the new electronic immunization registry. Binamu, whose given name is Raphael Joseph Buyi, is a medical attendant at the facility.

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Unleashing Digital Health to Save Lives

Dec 8, 2016

At PATH, our digital health work spans the entire software development lifecycle from analysis of information systems to deployment and long-term use of those systems. We work across health areas, such as immunization, supply chain, maternal and child health, and insurance to identify and address information management needs and improve data-driven decision-making.

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Tanzania demands coordinated investments in health data

Dec 5, 2016

On 21 October, 2016, 80 government, donor, and NGO partners gathered in a conference room in Dodoma, Tanzania. The Deputy Minister of Health addressed the rapt audience, and told them of Tanzania’s bold aims to accelerate the transformation of Tanzania’s health system through the use of data to measure performance and improve service provision.

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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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Project Profile – BID Initiative

Oct 19, 2016

The second half of the 20th century marked a period of great advancement in immunization. As donors and national governments stepped up investments to develop vaccines and strengthen routine immunization programs, infectious diseases that once ravaged much of the world were either wiped out or largely stripped of their devastating impact. The achievements of the past century now read like a laundry list—smallpox eradicated, wild poliovirus is more than 99% eliminated and cases of measles and Hib among children under-five now reduced to record low numbers.

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