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Introducing Digital Square, an innovative co-investment approach that’s changing business-as-usual

Jan 30, 2018

Last month at the Global Digital Health Forum, I introduced Digital Square to many colleagues. “Digital Square is an innovative co-investment mechanism,” I said. “Yes, but what exactly does Digital Square do?” was a common response. Digital Square is a partnership of the world’s leading digital health experts from 30+ organizations and countries working together to strengthen digital health systems in emerging economies.

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Tanzania has set its digital health road map and is revving its engine, ready to drive forward.

Mar 1, 2017

At the core of Tanzania’s strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a vision of all health workers’ ability to access and meaningfully use the information they need to make the best decisions to improve health.

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Partnerships for a healthier world at WEF

Jan 24, 2017

The World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos last week brought together the foremost political, business and society leaders together to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The event offered a platform for leaders to share insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future.

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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 Reflections: Melinda Gates Visits the BID Initiative

Jul 25, 2016

When the BID Initiative asked if I could travel to Dar es Salaam to demonstrate Tanzania’s electronic immunization registry for Melinda Gates, I was nervous and happy at the same time – happy that I would meet Melinda, but nervous to speak to her. I was confident in what I was supposed to do since my health facility, Mareu Health Facility in Arusha region Tanzania, was one of six facilities that tested BID Initiative solutions. We’ve now been using it for over a year.

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A Focus on Strong Health Systems and Data Use at MCIA

Mar 10, 2016

At the inaugural Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa (MCIA), there weren’t questions around the BID Initiative’s success to date, but how soon could we scale across our two demonstration countries to strengthen health systems and create a data-use culture.

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Celebrating Progress, Looking Forward: the BLN Discussion Meeting

Feb 11, 2016

International development is a collaborative effort, and the BLN Discussion Meeting showed collaboration at work. Held in Arusha, Tanzania from December 7 to 10, the BLN Meeting was a chance for over 60 representatives from fifteen countries and various partner organizations to discuss the challenges and successes of developing and implementing eHealth strategies and data use interventions.

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Betting on Better Data

Aug 18, 2015

When you mention innovation, most people immediately think of the latest app that tracks daily life with pinpoint precision, or costly new technologies like Google Glass that just a decade ago would have been considered impossible.

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Health Workers Meet the BID Initiative

Aug 14, 2015

The BID Initiative is rolling out interventions to 253 health facilities in the Arusha region over the course of this year and into early 2016. We have successfully completed the first facility visits in the Arusha City Council district and are now beginning in Meru district. We often get questions on what goes into our site visits and how we practically begin rolling out a comprehensive initiative of this scale.

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Aligning with Partners on Health Data Quality and Use

Mar 17, 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting in Geneva sponsored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to discuss their new data quality and survey requirements for countries. While the meeting focused on the communication of these requirements to countries and how to support them to meet them, the topic of how to address the overall need to improve data quality and data use (and not merely assessing it at the country level) was also continually highlighted. How can countries know their data quality and then create plans to improve it?

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