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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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Sustainable Impact at Global mHealth Forum

Dec 13, 2014

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If you follow the Potomac River south from Washington, DC, on the Maryland side you’ll come across a large hotel and convention center in National Harbor, MD. Here, the Gaylord National Convention Center is buzzing with the energy of over 500 people from 50 countries who have gathered to share knowledge and experiences around using mobile phones for health impact in low- and middle-income countries.

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UHC and ICT: More than Just Acronyms

Dec 12, 2014

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Today is the first-ever Universal Health Coverage day and the two-year anniversary of a unanimous United Nations resolution endorsing universal health coverage. Over 500 organizations around the world are working to ensure that “every person, everywhere, has access to health care without financial hardship.”[1]

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Perspectives on the Design Collaborative

Dec 11, 2014

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Last week’s BLN Design Collaborative brought together health officials from 9 sub-Saharan African countries to discuss and iterate on the design of BID Initiative solutions. The meeting provided a fantastic opportunity for country partners to gather and learn from one another. I personally had the chance to sit down with some of the attendees to discuss challenges related to immunization data in their countries and get their perspective on the value of peer learning and their role in the BLN as a design country.

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