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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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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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