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Global Partnership on Development Data

Apr 17, 2015

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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

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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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Team Member Spotlight: Laurie Werner

Apr 13, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania and Zambia. This week, we learn more about Laurie Werner, Deputy Director in Seattle.

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Opportunities for Home-Based Immunization Records

Apr 9, 2015

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The BID Initiative is on the brink of implementing a national electronic immunization system in Tanzania while countries yet to implement such a system often turn to home-based records for immunization programs. With scarce public health resources and the need for accurate data on immunization coverage, home-based records can be an effective way to track if children are receiving the vaccines they need. However, is there a need for a more durable, coordinated system for home-based records?

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Championing the Health Worker: Meet Martha Mazana

Apr 8, 2015

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Did you know Sub-Saharan Africa has 24% of the global disease burden but only 3% of the world’s health workers? Health workers are at the heart of the BID Initiative and in honor of World Health Worker Week, we take a moment to honor their commitment to improving health systems. Meet Martha Mazana, a health worker in charge at the Victoria Falls Clinic in the Southern Province of Zambia.

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Team Member Spotlight: Jamal Nassor

Apr 6, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania and Zambia. This week, we learn more about Jamal Nassor, Office Coordinator/Senior Driver from the Arusha, Tanzania office.

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How Can Digital Behavior Correlate to Disease Risk?

Apr 3, 2015

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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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Team Member Spotlight: Fred Njobvu

Mar 27, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania and Zambia. This week, we learn more about Fred Njobvu, Provincial Coordinator in Livingstone, Zambia.

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Team Member Spotlight: Monica Graham

Mar 20, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania and Zambia. This week, we learn more about Monica Graham, Communications Manager in Seattle.

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Aligning with Partners on Health Data Quality and Use

Mar 17, 2015

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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting in Geneva sponsored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to discuss their new data quality and survey requirements for countries. While the meeting focused on the communication of these requirements to countries and how to support them to meet them, the topic of how to address the overall need to improve data quality and data use (and not merely assessing it at the country level) was also continually highlighted. How can countries know their data quality and then create plans to improve it?

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