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Better Data, Better Advocacy

Feb 11, 2015

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At DefeatDD, we can appreciate the need for strong immunization data. In fact, it was this priority that gave birth to the DefeatDD initiative and our integrated approach to defeating diarrheal disease. Let me back up a few steps.

About eight years ago, PATH and our partners were intensively evaluating then-new rotavirus vaccines’ performance in the countries where the disease hits hardest. We also were helping conduct pivotal surveillance that showed the magnitude of rotavirus morbidity and mortality in the developing world, as well as their potential cost-effectiveness and logistical implications when introduced into national immunization programs. Another part of our role was to share these data and put them in context for Ministers of Health to help inform their decisions when rotavirus vaccines ultimately became available and accessible through WHO prequalification.

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Overcoming Supply Chain Bottlenecks at the Community Level

Feb 9, 2015

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A key component in the BID Initiative approach focuses on supply chain interventions. Interventions such as barcode technology, alerts for expired vaccines and using this data in supply and inventory reports will ensure each clinic has adequate vaccine supply, the district officials have visibility into and can better manage supply levels and the community health workers are trained in supply chain management. Today, we take a look at how another organization, JSI, is Improving Supply Chains for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) through a five-year learning project.

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Team Member Spotlight: Reginah Munsanje-Milambo

Feb 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 Reginah Munsanje, Senior Program Assistant in Zambia

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Favorites from The Art of Saving a Life

Feb 3, 2015

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Last month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a campaign to draw attention to the powerful impact of vaccines: The Art of Saving a Life. The campaign is a collection of stories told through 30 world-renowned artists including writers, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and designers.

I have enjoyed watching this campaign unfold not only because of the beautiful art, but because vaccines are getting their chance in the spotlight to a broader audience. While we work in this world every day, many people are still unaware that a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease.

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Team Member Spotlight: Robert Kindoli

Jan 30, 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 Robert Kindoli, M&E Lead in Tanzania

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Stepping up in Support of Vaccines to Save Lives

Jan 27, 2015

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Today, leaders and development ministers from around the world gathered in Berlin for the Gavi Pledging Conference. Gavi set a plan for 2016-2020 which would save up to six million lives and immunize more than 300 million children against deadly diseases. To meet this plan, Gavi set a target of US$7.5 billion to fully meet countries’ demands for vaccines against conditions including rotavirus, HPV, measles-rubella and typhoid, and to expand immunization to those children and communities currently excluded. We are happy to share that Gavi has exceeded their target and reached US$7.539 billion!

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The BID Learning Network Introduces Small Grant Program

Jan 26, 2015

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Embedded within the BID Initiative structure is the BID Learning Network (BLN) which is intended to facilitate peer learning and dissemination of innovations and lessons learned. The goal of the BLN is to bring countries together to identify shared problems and solutions; use that knowledge to design common information system products, practices, and data policies that will be useful to all; experiment with these designs in countries to determine their applicability; and then use this experience to inform national and global decision-making.

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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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