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2015 highlights and looking ahead

By Laurie Werner, Acting Global Director, BID Initiative

Jan 14, 2016

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Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.

2016 is off to a strong and busy start, with many important events and milestones in the weeks and months ahead. Before getting caught up in the new year’s flurry of activity, I wanted to reflect briefly on all we achieved in 2015. It was a year of many highlights, some difficult challenges, many lessons learned, and the halfway point of our grant.

Here’s a sampling of some noteworthy milestones in 2015:

  • Implemented and launched the electronic immunization registry in 54 facilities in Tanzania’s Arusha City district.
  • Entered over 15,000 children into the immunization registry in Arusha City.
  • Collected baseline data in 44 facilities in Arusha City district.
  • Initiated development of Zambia’s immunization registry with the University of Oslo.
  • Partnered with members across Zambia’s health system to develop and test a set of change management interventions, including a data use campaign.
  • Held a BID Learning Network (BLN) discussion meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, with 32 country participants (from 17 countries), and representatives from 8 partner organizations.
  • Convened the BLN Design Collaborative in Senegal to discuss logistics information management systems, with 14 participants from 13 countries.
  • Held eight user advisory group meetings between Tanzania and Zambia to ensure user input and involvement in the design and development of interventions.

And as we move into 2016 we’ll see:

  • Continued focus on building a culture of data use.
  • The Tanzania team continue rollout to the rest of the Arusha region.
  • The Zambia team finalize plans, interventions, and the development of the registry to begin rollout in Q2.
  • The BLN will focus on launching study trips and small grants this year, with a Design Collaborative to be held later in the year.
  • The global team will focus on packaging the interventions and lessons from Tanzania and Zambia to share more broadly.

I am personally excited for this next year and the goals we have set out to achieve. I look forward to partnering with all of you and celebrating many more successes and learning many more lessons that we will continue to share as we collectively work toward the ambitious goal of improving data quality and use. Thank you for joining us on this journey, I hope you’ll continue to follow along by subscribing to this blog, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or reaching out directly at BIDInitiative@path.org.

Welcome to 2016!

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