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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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Product Vision for the BID Initiative is published!

Aug 29, 2014

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With the inception of the BID Initiative, PATH has been working with partner countries to document a “top down” approach with a “bottom up” view. We begin with the national strategies, incorporating the current context of the users (e.g., the functional architecture) before considering the facility applications (e.g., the technical architecture) that are in use and have gained traction, and how they might tie together. Members of the BID Learning Network countries contributed to the materials contained in the BID Initiative’s product vision along with ministry representatives from the initial BID Initiative demonstration countries, Tanzania and Zambia.

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GAVI’s Data for Management Strategy

Aug 26, 2014

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This summer Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance launched a set of supply chain initiatives that complement and support the work being done as part of the BID Initiative. Early this month, UNICEF hosted meetings at its New York offices as part of the Data for Management (D4M) initiative designed to support countries in the development of dashboards for key supply chain indicators. I had the pleasure of participating in the meetings and look forward to testing the concepts with the teams in Tanzania and Zambia over the coming weeks and gather additional input from the BID Learning Network.

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Q&A with the BID Learning Network Director: Part 1

Aug 21, 2014

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As the BID Initiative rapidly expands its team to gear up for country implementation, we welcome Chilunga Puta who will serve as director of the BLN, based in Zambia. We recently sat down with Chilunga to learn more about her role and what she looks forward to as she steps into this critical position. Stay tuned for part two of her Q&A series where Chilunga will share her thoughts and insight around the importance of peer learning and how the BLN is critical to success.

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Capturing the End User Perspective: BID’s User Advisory Group

Aug 13, 2014

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To ensure the solutions we propose and implement are sustained by the people who will use them, involving end users early and often is critical. We all know that without active collaboration and involvement of the actual end user during early stages of solution identification and design, we minimize our chances of success. End user involvement is critical in understanding what the user does, what they need, and how to create a sense of ownership that is crucial to the success of any initiative.

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Monitoring and Tracking Data Quality and Use

Aug 6, 2014

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One of the first things you may have learned about the BID Initiative is our belief that better data, plus better decisions, will lead to better health outcomes. We’re investing in this premise by introducing interventions related to information system products and the practices of people who use them. But how will we know that these BID interventions are being implemented as intended? And how will we know if there are associated improvements in data quality and increased data use for decision-making?

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Reaching the Hard to Reach

Jul 24, 2014

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Country EPI programs continue to face challenges reaching remote or isolated populations. Oftentimes, the specific country context is integral to identifying the appropriate solution. However, during the recent BID Learning Network (BLN) meeting in Kigali, country EPI managers had the opportunity to discuss some of their mutually-shared challenges regarding their ability to reach the hard to reach.

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Taking BID on the Road

Jul 15, 2014

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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the GAVI Alliance in Geneva to share background on the BID Initiative, our progress thus far, and the road ahead. Utilizing a coordinated approach is one of the BID’s Initiative’s guiding principles and we know it’s a tenet that will be critical to our success.

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The BID Learning Network Launches in Kigali, Rwanda

Jul 9, 2014

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The BID Learning Network officially launched in Kigali, Rwanda on May 28-30th and brought together delegates from 13 different countries (Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, and Zambia) as well as international partners (WHO, UNICEF, and GAVI) to connect and discuss strategies for strengthening national immunization programs.

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Blogging for Better Data

Jul 2, 2014

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Welcome to our blog! It’s been just over a year since the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded PATH with a grant to help countries strengthen their immunization management systems. Since then, we’ve made a lot of progress working with countries and partners to shape the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative and determine the best way forward for improving data collection, quality and use.

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