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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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Top 6 takeaways from the Global Digital Health Forum

Jan 30, 2017

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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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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Implementation and Expansion in Tanzania

Oct 13, 2016

Implementation in Arusha Region Tanzania is in full swing with two districts (Arusha City and Meru districts) complete and a third district (Karatu) making excellent progress. We also held sensitization meetings with community leaders and health officials in a fourth district (Longido) in preparation for rollout in the coming weeks.

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Nurse Joyce Ngowi: Learning a new electronic immunization registry to provide better service

Sep 21, 2016

I recently sat down with Joyce Ngowi, the nurse in charge of the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) Department at Endabash Health Centre in Karatu District, a rural facility located about 50 kilometers from Karatu town. This facility was opened in 1973 by the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the founder of Tanzania. It provides services to a number of villages in the area. Joyce’s department in particular handles all issues concerning babies, pregnant women, family planning, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

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Simple Interventions Keep our Children Healthy

Jul 6, 2016

Sitting in his office in Lusaka, Dr. Francis Mwansa smiles. “I decided early in my career that I wanted to give back to the community as soon as possible because I might not have the chance later in life.” The desire to give back to his community changed the trajectory of this young doctor’s career, but brought something special to Zambia’s health service.

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Collaborating for Innovative Solutions in Global Health

Jun 23, 2016

How do we innovate to build a world where health is in reach for everyone? Last week, professionals in global health and development converged to learn from one another and push the envelope at Devex World.

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How do we improve health around the world?

Feb 24, 2016

Improving poor data quality and use is a complicated problem to solve. There isn’t a single, one size fits all solution that can truly address this challenge in a scalable, sustainable way. At the BID Initiative, we believe that the collection of multiple interventions is key to helping address data quality and use challenges. We need a holistic investment in data management policies and practices, information system products, and the people who will use them.

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Celebrating Progress, Looking Forward: the BLN Discussion Meeting

Feb 11, 2016

International development is a collaborative effort, and the BLN Discussion Meeting showed collaboration at work. Held in Arusha, Tanzania from December 7 to 10, the BLN Meeting was a chance for over 60 representatives from fifteen countries and various partner organizations to discuss the challenges and successes of developing and implementing eHealth strategies and data use interventions.

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Return on Investment: Strengthening People, Processes, and Technology Improves Supply Chain Performance in Tanzania

Sep 30, 2015

Like many of the countries involved with the BID Initiative, Tanzania identified data visibility to stock status, especially from lower levels of the health system, as one of its primary challenges.

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