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BID Learning Network engages collaborative about country priorities

Jun 3, 2021

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After a difficult year of setbacks and delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, including disruptions to countries’ health services, increased morbidity and mortality, and economic and social setbacks, the BID Learning Network (BLN) recently convened member countries to discuss priorities for the year ahead.

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New white paper spotlights the role of digital tools and adaptive management for navigating complex health challenges

Feb 22, 2021

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As the world grappled with the global COVID-19 pandemic, many health professionals and health systems turned to adaptive management to respond to a rapidly evolving situation and its complex challenges. Faced with a strained workforce, supply shortages, and economic losses, adaptive management is an approach that embodies intentional testing and learning to navigate change and uncertainty. It has emerged from the interdisciplinary need and understanding that complex development issues and multi-stakeholder environments require agile solutions.

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Public-private partnerships in immunization data strengthening: Lessons from deploying Vietnam’s electronic immunization registry

Jan 29, 2021

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Public-private partnerships in health care have been used widely in higher income countries as well as in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam. The partnerships bundle together multiple phases or functions of the health system infrastructure—such as design, build, finance, maintain, operate, and service delivery. This health system infrastructure can effectively build on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

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BID Learning Network serves as conduit for exchange and growth among member countries

Dec 8, 2020

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For the past six years, the BID Learning Network (BLN) has been a conduit of learning, information exchange, and peer support in Sub-Saharan Africa aimed at improving the availability of routine health data collection and use. In 2018, the BLN partnered with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to work with countries receiving support from Gavi to improve data quality and use through peer learning and interaction, coupled with collective analysis and resolution of immunization data challenges. The work was focused on equipping countries with the capacity, plans, and solutions to improve immunization data and service delivery in alignment with Gavi programmatic areas. A critical part of this work included monitoring and documenting the experiences and lessons that emerged from the Collaborative.

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Hearing from the health workers themselves: User feedback on digital solutions accelerates progress

Nov 5, 2020

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Sharing health workers’ experiences with digital solutions is a critical step to ensure the new tools and systems are adopted and embraced. It matters to users, implementing partners, decision makers, developers, and all who are engaged with digital health solutions. Throughout implementation of the BID Initiative in Tanzania and Zambia, feedback was collected from health workers about the devices and systems they used. This helped to inform the design of the digital tools and—once they were rolled out—contributed to their refinement and improvement.

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Investment in digital health needs careful planning: new WHO guide explains how to do it well

Oct 15, 2020

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With the right approach and effective investment, digital health interventions can be successful long-term solutions that help to improve the health and well-being of the people they were designed to reach. A new guide has been launched by WHO to help ensure that digital health investments are effective, sustainable, and equitable – and that they are implemented in a coordinated way and appropriate for the local context. The Digital Implementation Investment Guide has been published by WHO and HRP in collaboration with PATH, UNICEF, and UNFPA.

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Simplifying the vaccine cost equation

Oct 7, 2020

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For country decision-makers, the opportunity to introduce a new vaccine comes with many considerations. Is the vaccine needed? What are the benefits? Is there enough capacity in the cold chain system? Often most important—what will it cost, and can our country afford it?

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In historic milestone, Zambia expands its electronic immunization registry to a second province

Oct 6, 2020

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Zambia’s Electronic Immunization Registry (ZEIR) will roll out to a second province next month, under the leadership and direction of the Ministry of Health (MOH). It represents the government’s commitment to scaling ZEIR. It’s also a chance for the government to increasingly lead rollout. While the BID Initiative partnered with the MOH in Southern Province, Western Province will be led by the MOH, in partnership with the EPI-OPT consortium, including CHAZ, UNICEF, PATH and CIDRZ.

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Using electronic immunization registry data to demonstrate the value of digital systems

Sep 23, 2020

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A growing number of countries have embraced electronic immunization registries (EIRs) that enable data-driven decision-making. To better shape the value proposition for countries using or considering using EIRs, the BID Initiative has started a new scope of work led by a global BID Analytics team that will use data from the digital systems in Tanzania. The work builds on previous landscaping and stakeholder conversations held in late 2019 and early 2020, to summarize common immunization barriers and the EIR features that help respond to these challenges.

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Tanzania’s electronic immunization registry rolls out new features to respond to COVID-19

Sep 10, 2020

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As COVID-19 rattles many countries and their health systems, Tanzania is turning to its robust network of digital health systems to help curb the pandemic. Under the government’s strong leadership, the Tanzania Immunization Registry (TImR) has been in use since 2017. Now, the country is exploring new features for TImR that will strengthen the system and enable its role in the pandemic response.

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