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Strength in Numbers: The Power Behind Peer Learning Networks

Mar 16, 2015

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The BID Initiative is designed with an embedded peer learning network, the BID Learning Network (BLN). Through this peer support and collaboration, participants are able to learn from the successes and failures in other countries, and build new solutions together so they can make faster progress towards higher immunization rates. Particpants have already and continue to share personal experiences, providing invaluable insight to the BID Initiative efforts and other BLN particpants through our Google Group discussions, webinars and in-person consultation meetings. The following post on the value of peer networks originally appeared on the PATH blog.

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Team Member Spotlight: Oswald Luoga

Mar 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 Oswald Luoga, Implementation Specialist in Arusha, Tanzania.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Zambia

Mar 6, 2015

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Annually on the 8th of March, Zambia, one of the BID Initiative’s demonstration countries, celebrates International Women’s Day, a day celebrated since 1964 when Zambia received independence. The aim of this holiday is to inspire women and celebrate women’s achievements. It is a time to reflect on progress made on issues affecting women, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary woman who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities.

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Resources: Information Systems for EPI

Mar 2, 2015

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I am honored and excited to present at the Inaugural Conference of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) on March 3-4, 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. A program of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, this two day conference brings together over 300 participants and offers immunization manager members the opportunity to meet their peers in other countries, exchange information and best practices in immunization program management, and learn more about the professional support that IAIM offers them to help advance their management and leadership skills.

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Team Member Spotlight: Dawn Seymour

Feb 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 Dawn Seymour, Technical Advisor in Zambia.

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The Role of Data in the Measles Outbreak

Feb 24, 2015

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As we have seen with Ebola and now with the measles outbreak in the U.S., an outbreak or epidemic requires a quick response that is highly reliant on good data. From identifying where the outbreak started to tracing human contact to help contain the disease, without quality data and the means to make decisions immediately, outbreaks are more likely to spread.

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Team Member Spotlight: Singwa Kahale

Feb 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 Singwa Kahale, Arusha Zonal Coordinator in Tanzania for the BID Initiative.

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Team Member Spotlight: Tara Newton

Feb 13, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania and Zambia. This week, I am proud to be featured and hope you learn a little more about me as a Communications Associate in Seattle for the BID Initiative.

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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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