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Immunization by the Numbers

Apr 29, 2015

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We know routine immunizations and new vaccine introductions are proven to be two of the best investments for improving health around the world, but still, children lack access to this potentially life-saving intervention. As we celebrate World Immunization Week with stories from both our demonstration countries, Zambia and Tanzania, we’re also giving pause to take a look at immunization numbers around the world.

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Team Member Spotlight: Mwanaidi Msangi

Apr 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 Mwanaidi Msangi, Communications Associate from the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania office.

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From Malaria to Immunization Data

Apr 24, 2015

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I’ve worked in the field of malaria for close to 20 years in sub-Saharan Africa, which experiences a high burden. My choice of career was based on my personal encounter with malaria and the reality of its devastating effects on society in a developing economy. In 1981, when I was temping with a hospital, a lady with a baby on her back walked into the Outpatient Department. She wanted her baby checked because she was ill and getting worse.

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A Sister With Polio, My Children Will Never Miss An Immunization

Apr 23, 2015

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“I am very committed when it comes to immunization, I make sure all my children are immunized according to the schedule and no one misses a vaccination,” explained Fathiya Mohammed, a mother of three children. I met Fathiya at Kaloleni Health Facility in the Arusha region where she brought her 6 week-old baby, Samir Ally, for his first round of vaccinations. Also with her, were her two other daughters, Samira and Salha.

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Sharing Immunization Knowledge to Save Lives

Apr 21, 2015

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During a routine immunization session at Simoonga rural health center in Livingstone, Zambia, I met 27-year old Monde Imasiku waiting in line for her one and a half-year old twins to get vaccinated. Monde walks over four kilometers to reach this health facility carrying her twins Mukela and Nobu, while four-year old Sililo walks by her side.

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Team Member Spotlight: Mandy Dube

Apr 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 Mandy Dube, Change Management Lead from the Lusaka, Zambia office.

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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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