By Celina Kareiva, Communications Associate, BID Initiative
Apr 5, 2018
Posted in People
This week is World Health Worker Week (WHWW), and the BID Initiative is taking this opportunity to celebrate the individuals on the frontlines who are implementing data quality and use interventions. They are often the backbones of their health systems and their communities’ most trusted source of information for preventing, treating, and managing diseases.
But too often they are undervalued and overworked. Research suggests that health care workers (HCWs) encounter high rates of burnout and turnover. WHWW is an opportunity to celebrate these local champions. BID is proud to be working with the governments of Tanzania and Zambia to advance interventions that not only improve data quality and use in immunization service delivery, but that improve HCW workloads by eliminating cumbersome and complex paper reporting forms. Furthermore, digital tools help empower HCWs to more meaningfully interpret the data they collect and use on a daily basis.
These local heroes include women like Aziza Ahmed Seif, a nurse at Mikanjuni Health Center in Tanga, Tanzania, who used to dread writing reports at the end of the month, after immunization clinics. It took many hours to compile the reports by hand.
“I’m very excited by the auto-generated reports [in the Tanzania Electronic Immunization Register]. All I need to do is ensure that I’ve entered all records of children during clinic and, at the end of the day, the report is taken care of for me.”
“The electronic registry is good because we’re trying to capture every child that comes to the clinic. When we capture that, it shows you the next date for the vaccine. So if the mother has missed that date, it will give us a hint to say this mother has missed [a vaccine],” explains Regina. “We get the phone number and we’re able to trace the mother where she is.”
WHWW is a chance to acknowledge and elevate HCWs in communities across the world. Maybe most importantly, it’s an opportunity to address some of the challenges they face in their day-to-day responsibilities. BID relied heavily on HCW input for the design of data quality and use interventions to ensure the solutions would empower them to deliver the best possible care.
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