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Navigating digital transformation: 8 trends defining the future of global digital health

Dec 7, 2017

Whether on the political, scientific, or cultural front, the world today is in a state of flux. Reviews from BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Accenture highlight major demographic shifts, the increasing importance of technology in health, and the convergence of business and technical considerations. Digital platforms and solutions are emerging as a source of hope, inspiration, and connection.

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Tanzania demands coordinated investments in health data

Dec 5, 2016

On 21 October, 2016, 80 government, donor, and NGO partners gathered in a conference room in Dodoma, Tanzania. The Deputy Minister of Health addressed the rapt audience, and told them of Tanzania’s bold aims to accelerate the transformation of Tanzania’s health system through the use of data to measure performance and improve service provision.

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Immunization demand generation in Afar, Ethiopia

Nov 7, 2016

PATH recently released a report on our demand generation efforts to increase immunization uptake in Afar, Ethiopia. Vaccine uptake in the remote region of Afar was hampered by poor infrastructure, difficulty reaching nomadic populations, and keeping vaccines cold in one of the hottest places on earth. While the whole of Ethiopia reports 19 percent of children under 5 not immunized, immunization coverage in the Afar region falls to 9 percent among children 12-23 months old.

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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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Increased collaboration among partners in Zambia to improve immunization

Aug 23, 2016

Optimizing immunisation coverage in Zambia is an important goal, achievable with Ministry of Health leadership and close collaboration among partners. Implementation of appropriate technology could help to increase coverage, but new technology is not a solution in itself. The skill and engagement of users are critical elements for the success of any innovation.

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The Role of Data in the Sustainable Development Goals

Sep 16, 2015

This week, heads of state will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations General Assembly. What role will data play in implementing and measuring these goals?

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Learning from Others to Design Solutions in Zambia

Jun 25, 2015

Namaila Health Centre is a rural facility in Zambia located 80 kilometers from Mazabuka, the nearest town. There is no electricity nor internet connection. We recently traveled the rough terrain to visit this facility and were shocked at how long it took us– over two hours. The purpose of the visit was to learn how community health workers (CHWs) are collecting information using mobile phones under the Rapid Reporting Initiative led by PATH’s Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA).

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Saving Lives Through Essential Vaccines: Reimagining “Routine” Immunization

Jun 5, 2015

We admit, immunization data might not be the most thrilling of topics. But, at the heart of it, we are using immunization data to reach more kids and save lives from life-threatening, vaccine-preventable diseases. In the same vein, the following post appeared on’s blog discussing the need to rethink the phrase “Routine Immunization” and the impact behind it, mentioning our work at the BID Initiative.

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Global Partnership on Development Data

Apr 17, 2015

Data is a hot topic in the global community, as we saw with the recent New York Times article, and we are inspired by the enthusiasm as we continue moving forward into the next phases of the Better Immunization Data Initiative. Claire Melamed recently authored an article on Global Dashboard, So what could a Global Partnership on Development Data do for us?

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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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