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New efforts to improve immunization data quality and use

Jan 4, 2018

As the BID Initiative initial grant comes to a close, we have been exploring ways to leverage our current learnings and further explore knowledge gaps around data use. PATH was recently awarded a grant in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to do just this.

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A snapshot of this year’s BLN Discussion Meeting

Dec 15, 2017

During the BID Learning Network (BLN) Discussion Meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia between September 19 and 22, more than 12 country delegates and stakeholders convened from across seventeen countries. Participants heard from various countries about their progress toward implementing electronic health systems and visited health facilities implementing Zambia’s Electronic Immunization Registry (ZEIR).

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Becoming data detectives: Health care workers find new meaning in numbers

Oct 4, 2017

Salome Mbegela was sifting through immunization records when she first noticed a discrepancy – a slight uptick in the number of children who had recently missed vaccines. “Defaulters” as they’re often known, are not uncommon in Arusha, Tanzania, where Salome is a reproductive and child health (RCH) nurse. Mothers often encounter long wait times at clinics, vaccine stock-outs that require they come back another day, and a burdensome commute to the nearest health facility.

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Building a “smarter” Zambia – the BID Initiative helps advance country’s digital revolution

Sep 22, 2017

From online banking, to a solar-powered Internet café, and electronic vouchers for the distribution of micro-loans, Zambia is undergoing a digital revolution that is dramatically influencing the growth of the country. More than 80% of Zambians have access to a phone, and 40% have access to 3G connectivity.

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BID Initiative shares lessons and recommendations in new series of briefs

Sep 15, 2017

From its earliest days, the BID Initiative has been committed to sharing its learnings with others interested in improving immunization data quality and use. We recently launched a series of briefs summarizing our work alongside the governments of Tanzania and Zambia and our lessons and recommendations spanning seven key subject areas, ranging from the software development cycle, to change management, and peer learning.

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Data use champions help unlock success

May 11, 2017

One of the BID Initiative’s core values is to “learn fast, fail fast, share fast” and since BID partnered with the Zambia Ministry of Health in 2014, there have been many learnings along the way.

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Humanizing data: Permanent Secretary of Tanzania discusses road map to better health

Apr 13, 2017

As the African proverb reads: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. When the Government of Tanzania first introduced its eHealth Strategy in 2013, it knew the success of the ambitious mandate depended on forging strong partnerships. The effort to adopt and apply information communication technology (ICT) throughout the health sector could transform the delivery of quality healthcare services, but not without careful investments and coordination across sectors and partners.

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Data-use tools catching on in health facilities

Mar 21, 2017

Since November 2016, the BID Initiative has been rolling out data use interventions in Livingstone and Kazungula districts of Southern Province to help build a culture of data use in the health service. The interventions, such as the data use guide and supportive supervision, have been well-received in the health facilities, with some facilities recording early successes with the tools.

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Empowering Immunization Mentors in Tanzania

Mar 15, 2017

We are constantly learning and tailoring our approach to more effectively and efficiently roll out BID interventions. As we began implementing in Tanzania, we saw the need to adjust our strategy based on lessons learned from the early district implementations.

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Health care’s next revolution: digitized data to transform lives

Mar 9, 2017

In a world with many tough problems, getting good data is a solvable first step. The call for better global health data has been steadily getting louder. In a recent article, Melinda Gates noted that while the quality and use of these data are improving, significant work remains.

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