BID Rolls Out in Arusha
By Tara Newton and Mwanaidi Msangi, Communications Team, BID Initiative
Jul 22, 2015
At the end of last month, the BID Initiative officially launched interventions in Arusha, our pilot region in Tanzania! We began with a handful of facilities to user test the new national electronic immunization system and incorporated feedback before expanding to additional facilities. This is a culmination of major efforts in establishing partnerships, identifying the most pressing immunization data-related challenges and fine-tuning interventions to solve them.
During this phase of the BID Initiative, we will roll out interventions to all 253 facilities in the Arusha region over the course of this year and into early 2016. Implementation specialists will visit each facility five times to ensure that tools are successfully implemented and that the staff are trained in how to use the immunization data collected to make informed decisions and better deliver their services to reach more children with life-protecting vaccines.
We continue to optimize our implementation strategy based on lessons learned with the first facility visits and will hold regular progress review meetings with partners and stakeholders to ensure success. To date, health workers have expressed excitement over the BID Initiative’s potential and particularly the use of tablets to enter information into the national electronic immunization registry since it will cut down on the amount of paper forms.
Sister Nzyavake Mwengesyale from the Baraa Health Facility said, “This is so exciting, I have seen nurses working in the immunization department filling in many books and had a difficult time analyzing data they are collecting everyday. When it comes to the end of month, it is a very busy time for them when writing reports so this will definitely help raise our performance.”
Follow along with us on our interactive demonstration country map where we will update progress facility-by-facility and stay tuned for more updates as we share stories, lessons learned, and photos from the field!