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Team Member Spotlight: Jason Walton

Jan 23, 2015

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This week, we learn more about Jason Walton, Change Management Lead in Seattle.

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Good Data Use at the Local Level

Jan 21, 2015

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In our quest for better data to make better decisions, we mustn’t overlook the small things. To truly understand the barriers impeding immunization outcomes, we have to work closely with the health workers and district officials to uncover reasons why some children are not getting vaccinated which might even be specific to their region or village.

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National Electronic Immunization Registry Inception Meeting

Jan 19, 2015

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In late 2014, the BID initiative and Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), through its Immunization and Vaccine Development (IVD) program, agreed to develop a national electronic immunization registry. The BID Initiative contracted IntraHealth to develop this intervention, which will help solve prioritized immunization challenges including the inaccurate denominator, lack of unique identification for children, inability to trace defaulters or unvaccinated children, and lack of data visibility across all levels of the health system.

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Highlights from the BLN Design Collaborative

Jan 15, 2015

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The BID Initiative Learning Network (BLN) Design Collaborative meeting was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 1st-4th December 2014. BLN members from nine sub-Saharan African countries attended to discuss and iterate on the design of BID Initiative solutions, specifically country immunization information system needs.

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Team Member Spotlight: Chansa Katongo

Jan 14, 2015

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This week, we learn more about Chansa Katongo, Finance & Operations Manager in Zambia.

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2014 Highlights & Looking Ahead

Dec 31, 2014

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This year was exciting for me and for the BID Initiative. As the Global Director, I moved to Zambia, one of our demonstration countries, to fully embrace the country-led approach which is really at the heart of the BID Initiative. As 2014 comes to end and we embark on a new year, I want to pause and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished and what we can look forward to in the year ahead.

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User Advisory Group Established in Zambia

Dec 24, 2014

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We recently established a new User Advisory Group (UAG) in the Livingstone District of Zambia! Similar to the Tanzania UAG, this group will play a critical role in the design and iteration of proposed solutions and interventions. The goal is to improve immunisation data quality, collection and use addressing the various challenges identified by the EPI program and other stakeholders in the district.

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When Will Design Get Serious About Impact?

Dec 22, 2014

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A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review discusses the increasing importance of Human Centered Design in the public sector as well as international development. On the heels of our BID Learning Network Design Collaborative meeting, we couldn’t agree more.

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Testing Interventions in Livingstone

Dec 19, 2014

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Last month, we joined our colleagues from both the Lusaka and Livingstone offices to visit four health facilities in Livingstone. The purpose of our visits were to test the proposed product vision and change management interventions in the facilities and obtain feedback from health care providers.

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Tanzania UAG – Members Prove their Commitment to the BID Initiative

Dec 17, 2014

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The BID Initiative’s User Advisory Group (UAG) plays a critical role in the design, fine-tuning and prioritization of proposed solutions and interventions to improve immunization data quality, collection, and use. The Tanzania UAG recently convened in Arusha to review the testing phase results and discuss lessons learned. The meeting was a success as UAG members expressed their commitments and readiness to the BID Initiative and National Immunization and Vaccination Development Program (IVD) to assure interventions are successfully implemented and sustained.

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