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Feb 20, 2019

BLN Webinar: Introducing the BID Learning Network Data Quality and Use Collaborative

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar presentation on “Introducing the BID Learning Network Data Quality and Use Collaborative.” Since 2014, the BLN has been bringing African countries together through peer learning, to identify and share tested solutions related to data collection, quality, and use.

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Dec 21, 2018

MMS Bulletin #148: The challenges of implementing a data use culture

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To increase coverage and equity of routine immunization services, the government of Tanzania is strengthening the data use culture through the implementation of a package of data quality and use interventions, including an electronic immunization registry, for immunization service delivery. Three key phases for achieving scale as a government-owned model emerged during the implementation: user-centered design and testing, PATH-led implementation, and government-led implementation with scale-up. A combination of factors contributed to achieving a government-owned model of implementation and ultimately showed significant time and cost savings, as well as greater ownership and ability to sustain and scale the interventions.

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Dec 21, 2018

MMS Bulletin #148: Marrying engineering with health policy to bring digital health to scale

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Just as medical doctors take the Hippocratic Oath as they graduate into their profession, so do many engineers solemnly promise to carry out work to the highest quality, recognizing that any errors may put lives at stake. Given this sharing of fundamental values, engineering is a profession that could be leveraged even further towards public health information systems to address opportunities created by the fusion of the early and relatively informal eHealth and mHealth paradigms into the more mature and complex one that is Digital Health. Recently, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a key resolution on Digital Health, urging member states to assess and prioritise the scale-up of the implementation of digital technologies towards the “universal access to health for all” (WHA 71.1, 2018).

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Dec 17, 2018

The power of individual-level data to vaccinate every child

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Digital health interventions have rapidly expanded our ability to record health data, which can lead to improved health systems and better decision-making. In this lightning talk from the Global Digital Health Forum 2018, Jessica Shearer, Acting Director of Health Systems Innovation and Delivery (HSID) at PATH, explains how individual-level data, like the data made available by electronic immunization registries in Tanzania and Zambia, can empower health workers to reach more children with life-saving vaccines.

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Nov 2, 2018

BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative: Call for Expressions of Interest

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This is a call for Expressions of Interest for Gavi-eligible countries to participate in the BID Learning Network/Gavi Data Quality and Use (BLN/Gavi DQU) Collaborative. Please read the BLN/Gavi DQU introductory note before completing this form. The duly completed and signed form should be sent to cmuyawala@path.org with copy to cputa@path.org by Friday 16th November 2018. The full application form can be found here.

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Oct 22, 2018

BID Regional Program Concept Note

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Over the past five years, the PATH staff based in Africa that made up the BID team have gained significant experience in the implementation of data quality and use interventions to improve immunization service delivery. This includes deep knowledge about the holistic design, introduction, adoption, and scale up and sustainability of digital interventions. BID will leverage this experience, in partnership with the BID Learning Network, to introduce a BID Regional Mentorship program. The BID Regional Mentorship program will support African countries as they work to select, introduce, and implement digital health and change management interventions to improve their routine immunization programs. To learn more about the BID Regional Program, review the concept note.

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Aug 31, 2018

BID Initiative Generic Tools

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Strategic reuse of appropriate tools is one of the core principles of the BID Initiative. Over the last five years, we have created several planning, implementation, and data strengthening tools for use in Tanzania and Zambia. We have taken the most frequently used tools from both countries and made them generic. We are sharing the tools here for countries to reuse and modify for their specific needs. Below are the categories of the tools based on their intended use, along with more information about how each was used.

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Feb 8, 2018

BLN Discussion Meeting Report, 19-22 September 2017


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The BID Learning Network hosted a discussion meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, from September 19 to 22, 2017. This report is a record of the proceedings of the meeting that took place in Lusaka. It highlights the discussions around strategies and approaches to improving data, quality, and use among participating countries and includes highlights around the progress made in BID demonstration countries (Tanzania and Zambia), the successes and challenges they have had, and the way forward. The meeting also brainstormed and made recommendations on the continuity and sustainability of the BLN after its first round of support from the Gates Foundation.

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Dec 4, 2017

Global Digital Health Forum Presentations 2017

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PATH’s BID Initiative and the Digital Health Solutions program, along with other PATH country teams, presented at several sessions at this years Global Digital Health Forum.  Please find the presentations from the event below.

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Oct 19, 2017

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture

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Over the past decade, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve health outcomes has multiplied in the global health sector. More recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on maturing away from a myriad of pilots and toward proven and scaled solutions. Now, ICTs are widely recognized as an essential and valuable tool for increasing access to and the quality of information and services.

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