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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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Ona and PATH in Zambia for OpenSRP Immunization Project

Feb 23, 2017

Working with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the BID Initiative is creating a culture of data use in the health service to increase access to immunization data and data-based decision-making to improve health outcomes for children. This will be done using tools such as a data use guide, data use campaign, supportive supervision, and the electronic immunization registry (EIR). Together with the MOH, we have partnered with Ona to implement OpenSRP as the immunization registry platform. The Ona team recently joined us in Livingstone, Zambia, to kickoff their work and visit a few health facilities where we will implement the EIR. The following post appeared on the Ona blog, detailing their trip and partnership with the BID Initiative and MOH.

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Rolling out change management interventions in Zambia

Jan 26, 2017

Since 2014, the BID Initiative has worked closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Zambia to improve immunization data quality and use. To reach an immunization coverage of 90%, both groups knew that strengthening data collection, quality, and use would be critical.

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Uncovering a registry champion

Dec 14, 2016

During roll out in Karatu district, “Binamu,” a Swahili word for “cousin,” became very popular among the implementation team. Binamu is the cousin to an RCH Nurse at Kansay Health Centre, a high-volume health facility where we have introduced the new electronic immunization registry. Binamu, whose given name is Raphael Joseph Buyi, is a medical attendant at the facility.

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Mulenga Malata of Simoonga Clinic explains to Markus Bekken of UiO what immunization data nurses capture in the child health card. Photo: Fred Njobvu.

Lessons Learned in Electronic Immunization Registry Development

Nov 23, 2016

In partnership with the Zambia Ministry of Health (MOH), we’re committed to strengthening Zambia’s immunization services through better data collection, quality and use. From the start, we knew that technology alone couldn’t achieve our goals which is why we chose a holistic investment in information system products, data management policies and practices, and the people who will use the data for decision-making.

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Project Profile – BID Initiative

Oct 19, 2016

The second half of the 20th century marked a period of great advancement in immunization. As donors and national governments stepped up investments to develop vaccines and strengthen routine immunization programs, infectious diseases that once ravaged much of the world were either wiped out or largely stripped of their devastating impact. The achievements of the past century now read like a laundry list—smallpox eradicated, wild poliovirus is more than 99% eliminated and cases of measles and Hib among children under-five now reduced to record low numbers.

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Implementation and Expansion in Tanzania

Oct 13, 2016

Implementation in Arusha Region Tanzania is in full swing with two districts (Arusha City and Meru districts) complete and a third district (Karatu) making excellent progress. We also held sensitization meetings with community leaders and health officials in a fourth district (Longido) in preparation for rollout in the coming weeks.

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Nurse Joyce Ngowi: Learning a new electronic immunization registry to provide better service

Sep 21, 2016

I recently sat down with Joyce Ngowi, the nurse in charge of the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) Department at Endabash Health Centre in Karatu District, a rural facility located about 50 kilometers from Karatu town. This facility was opened in 1973 by the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the founder of Tanzania. It provides services to a number of villages in the area. Joyce’s department in particular handles all issues concerning babies, pregnant women, family planning, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

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What are the costs and benefits of implementation?

Aug 30, 2016

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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