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Interventions: Community Micro-training Videos

Oct 29, 2014

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In an effort to build on momentum being gained within PATH, the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative is leveraging a project that is bringing micro-training videos to targeted communities. More specifically, Projecting Health is a community-led, video-driven approach that empowers the communities to identify, develop and produce their own videos to foster the adoption of desired behaviors.

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First Field Visit in Zambia’s Southern Province

Oct 27, 2014

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The week of October 12th the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative team in Zambia and I began our first field activities in the Southern Province. We were joined by representatives from the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health at national, provincial and district levels who visited facilities in Livingstone and helped us kick off an exciting journey to develop solutions and interventions for better health outcomes. The visit to the district was preceded by a meeting with the Provincial Medical Officer, Dr. Jelita Chinyonga, who expressed excitement over the BID Initiative’s presence which will help address existing challenges on immunization data-capturing and data-use in her province and enhance service provision at all levels of the health care system.

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Satellite Office Now Open in Livingstone

Oct 24, 2014

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The beginning of October marked the opening of our Livingstone office in the Southern Province of Zambia. This is a huge step forward for Zambia as a demonstration country because we will now focus on selecting initial test sites in the Livingstone area, where the team will jointly design solutions with members of the health facilities and the district, and then develop a strategy for rollout of BID Initiative solutions across the Southern Province.

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mHealth Mobile Messaging Toolkit

Oct 22, 2014

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With the BID Initiative, we understand the critical role that mobile technology can play in furthering positive health outcomes. Currently in Tanzania, we are practicing using SMS messages to register new births into the electronic immunization registry from a health facility or community leader. However, deciding where to start when considering SMS messages for a health campaign can be overwhelming.

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Electronic Immunization Registry Discussion Recap

Oct 17, 2014

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The Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative created a Google Group to allow BID Learning Network (BLN) participants and those interested in the initiative to voice their ideas, perspectives and feedback as we identify shared problems and solutions. Recently, our Global Director Liz Peloso, kicked off a conversation about electronic immunization registries, citing an example of how Albania has successfully implemented this technology.

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The Importance of Data in the Ebola Outbreak

Oct 15, 2014

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As health workers attempt to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, access to reliable data is becoming increasingly important. With the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative, we focus on solutions in immunization that can be applied to other health interventions, enabling healthcare workers to properly collect data and creating a data-use culture at the local level. Using data to inform decisions and identify trends can be a powerful tool in helping to prevent outbreaks from spreading and devastating healthcare systems as we have seen with Ebola.

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Innovating to Scale

Oct 7, 2014

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A recent article by Joseph Wong, Stanley Zlotkin, Carmen Ho, and Nandita Perumal, “Replicating Parts, not the Whole, to Scale” published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review resonated with me as my colleague and I returned from a visit to Tanzania as part of the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative. Wong et al. clearly highlight, while we have succeeded in creating viable solutions to the developing world’s challenges, innovations have rarely achieved scale and transformative impact. Thus, the difficulty of translating efficacious innovations into effective innovations beyond a local setting remains elusive.

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Data power: preventing disease on the ground

Oct 2, 2014

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A recent article published on the Gavi-powered Vaccines Work blog discusses the power of data at the community level, citing Dr. John Snow’s cholera mapping analysis from the mid-19th century. Our Global Director, Liz Peloso, shares her firsthand experience at an Indonesian clinic where health workers defied the odds defied the odds and effectively used data to identify trends, potential issues, and successfully treat patients before illnesses spread.

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Pilot Testing the Tools Sets Tone for Improving Immunization Data Quality and Use

Sep 25, 2014

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Two primary outcomes for the BID Initiative include improving immunization data quality and utilization in demonstration countries, the first being Tanzania. To do this effectively we must establish a starting benchmark to monitor changes over time and a baseline survey is the perfect way of doing so.

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Q&A with the BID Learning Network Director: Part 2

Sep 10, 2014

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We recently sat down with Chilunga Puta to learn more about her new role as the BID Learning Network (BLN) director. In the second part of her Q&A, Chilunga shares more details about the BLN and why it’s important to BID’s overall success.

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