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Ona and PATH in Zambia for OpenSRP Immunization Project

Feb 23, 2017

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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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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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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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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Mulenga Malata of Simoonga Clinic explains to Markus Bekken of UiO what immunization data nurses capture in the child health card. Photo: Fred Njobvu.

Lessons Learned in Electronic Immunization Registry Development

Nov 23, 2016

In partnership with the Zambia Ministry of Health (MOH), we’re committed to strengthening Zambia’s immunization services through better data collection, quality and use. From the start, we knew that technology alone couldn’t achieve our goals which is why we chose a holistic investment in information system products, data management policies and practices, and the people who will use the data for decision-making.

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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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Getting out of the way so countries can lead: Takeaways from facilitating the Sierra Leone HIS Interoperability Workshop in Freetown

Sep 29, 2016

Arriving at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone is an adventure. After clearing immigration and collecting your bags, you must take a sea taxi to cross the Sierra Leone River to get to Freetown. In early August, we took this route along with a number of experts in health information systems (HIS) to facilitate the first ever Sierra Leone HIS Interoperability Workshop held August 2 – 4, 2016.

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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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