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BLN Awards Grant to The Gambia

Oct 27, 2016

We are pleased to share that our first grant has been awarded to The Gambia! The BID Learning Network offers the small grant program to facilitate the advancement of design member country goals that align with the BID Initiative priorities. The program’s objective tie into the BLN’s overall goals, including experimenting with projects in countries to determine their applicability; and using this experience to inform national and global 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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My early memories led to a life serving others

Aug 17, 2016

My most vivid memories of my early childhood are twofold: lying on a hospital bed with my legs in the air, and watching my younger brother draw his last breath as a result of severe hot water burns he suffered during his hospitalization in what was then Northern Rhodesia. According to my parents, I should not have remembered these instances as I was less than five years old at the time, but these memories remain crystal clear.

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Learning from VaxTrac in Benin

Aug 3, 2016

Last month, the BID Learning Network (BLN) undertook its first study visit to Benin, one of the VaxTrac implementing countries. Since 2012, VaxTrac, an organisation funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has piloted a tablet-based vaccine management system in 38 public health facilities; these clinics are located in urban and semi-urban communities across three districts, currently, the project has scaled up and is serving a total of 100 facilities across three health zones.

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Collaborating for Innovative Solutions in Global Health

Jun 23, 2016

How do we innovate to build a world where health is in reach for everyone? Last week, professionals in global health and development converged to learn from one another and push the envelope at Devex World.

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BLN Launches Study Visits

Jun 20, 2016

The BID Learning Network (BLN) brings countries together to identify shared problems and test shared solutions that can be applied in a few countries and then deployed at scale in many. To support this goal, the BLN is pleased to launch study visits!

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Country Perspectives from the BLN Meeting

Jun 8, 2016

The BLN Design meeting closed after a rich and engaging week where countries shared their expertise on electronic health registries. Participants from 14 countries, all with registries or electronic systems in different stages, came together with the intent to improve the electronic registries that are in use or will be used in their countries.

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BLN Focuses on Immunization Registry Development in Ghana

Jun 1, 2016

This week, the BLN is in Accra, Ghana for the third Design Collaborative Meeting. At this meeting, participants will learn from their peers’ experiences in developing and operating national health information systems and registries.

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Learning, Sharing, and Scaling throughout Africa

May 26, 2016

Through the BID Learning Network (BLN), many countries in sub-Saharan Africa participate in the design and testing of BID tools and interventions. The BLN enables peer-to-peer learning exchanges to ensure BID Initiative’s solutions will be relevant for and adopted by other countries interested in improving their health programs through better data and decision-making.

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Countries Gather to Share Lessons Learned on Electronic Immunization Registries

Apr 21, 2016

Implementing electronic immunization registries (EIRs) is not an easy process yet several countries have been and continue to be successful in this. In April, the Improving Data Quality for Immunizations (IDQi) project sponsored a regional meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for countries in the Americas and Africa (with representation from Tanzania, Zambia, and The Gambia) to share lessons learned about the development and implementation of various EIRs.

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