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What are the costs and benefits of implementation?

Aug 30, 2016

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How much does it cost to implement BID interventions in the test sites in Tanzania and Zambia? What are the capital and recurrent costs of operating BID interventions? What are the resources required to implement interventions in each district? How do the costs of providing immunization services and reporting compare for the current system and after BID interventions are implemented? What are the benefits of the BID interventions that can be quantified in monetary terms? These are some of the key questions policy makers and donors are asking the BID team as we move forward with implementing interventions in facilities in Tanzania and Zambia.

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Increased collaboration among partners in Zambia to improve immunization

Aug 23, 2016

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Optimizing immunisation coverage in Zambia is an important goal, achievable with Ministry of Health leadership and close collaboration among partners. Implementation of appropriate technology could help to increase coverage, but new technology is not a solution in itself. The skill and engagement of users are critical elements for the success of any innovation.

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Convening to Strengthen the Digital Health Knowledge Base

Aug 18, 2016

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Last month, the BID Initiative co-organized a one day meeting in Washington, DC, attended by over 20 participants, to discuss collaboration and alignment of digital health approaches and investments to build a stronger, more accessible, and more usable knowledge base.

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My early memories led to a life serving others

Aug 17, 2016

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My most vivid memories of my early childhood are twofold: lying on a hospital bed with my legs in the air, and watching my younger brother draw his last breath as a result of severe hot water burns he suffered during his hospitalization in what was then Northern Rhodesia. According to my parents, I should not have remembered these instances as I was less than five years old at the time, but these memories remain crystal clear.

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Team Member Spotlight: Aziza Mwisongo

Aug 10, 2016

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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 Aziza Mwisongo, Change Management Advisor in Seattle.

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Team Member Spotlight: Reuben Mwanza

Aug 4, 2016

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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 Reuben Mwanza, Systems Implementation Specialist in Zambia.

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Learning from VaxTrac in Benin

Aug 3, 2016

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Last month, the BID Learning Network (BLN) undertook its first study visit to Benin, one of the VaxTrac implementing countries. Since 2012, VaxTrac, an organisation funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has piloted a tablet-based vaccine management system in 38 public health facilities; these clinics are located in urban and semi-urban communities across three districts, currently, the project has scaled up and is serving a total of 100 facilities across three health zones.

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Team Member Spotlight: John Fulli

Jul 27, 2016

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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 John Fulli, Change Management Lead in Arusha, Tanzania.

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My Reflections: Melinda Gates Visits the BID Initiative

Jul 25, 2016

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When the BID Initiative asked if I could travel to Dar es Salaam to demonstrate Tanzania’s electronic immunization registry for Melinda Gates, I was nervous and happy at the same time – happy that I would meet Melinda, but nervous to speak to her. I was confident in what I was supposed to do since my health facility, Mareu Health Facility in Arusha region Tanzania, was one of six facilities that tested BID Initiative solutions. We’ve now been using it for over a year.

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Team Member Spotlight: Saumu Juma

Jul 20, 2016

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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 Saumu Juma, Implementation Coordinator in Tanzania.

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