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Going beyond denominators: Defining the value of electronic immunization registries to solve for health system barriers

Aug 27, 2020

Data can make the invisible visible. More complete, reliable, and real-time information on health trends, coverage rates, and service gaps can help strengthen health systems and better allocate precious resources. This fact has been recognized by a growing number of countries embracing electronic immunization registries (EIRs) to help monitor individual immunization schedules and vaccination histories. But even as countries adopt EIRs and understand their value, there are many questions about how best to implement them, as well as their effectiveness, cost, and impact on health outcomes.

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Promising technologies for closing the immunization gap

Apr 13, 2018

Later this month, the global health community will celebrate World Immunization Week, a chance to acknowledge our progress and spread awareness about the collective action needed to ensure that everyone is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Achieving full immunization coverage will require better insight into which children are missing out on lifesaving vaccines. Digital innovations are one possible solution. These technologies and big data can help identify patients that are the hardest to reach, predict the spread of disease, and hone vaccination campaigns.

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New efforts to improve immunization data quality and use

Jan 4, 2018

As the BID Initiative initial grant comes to a close, we have been exploring ways to leverage our current learnings and further explore knowledge gaps around data use. PATH was recently awarded a grant in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to do just this.

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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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Immunization by the Numbers

Apr 29, 2015

We know routine immunizations and new vaccine introductions are proven to be two of the best investments for improving health around the world, but still, children lack access to this potentially life-saving intervention. As we celebrate World Immunization Week with stories from both our demonstration countries, Zambia and Tanzania, we’re also giving pause to take a look at immunization numbers around the world.

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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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Stepping up in Support of Vaccines to Save Lives

Jan 27, 2015

Today, leaders and development ministers from around the world gathered in Berlin for the Gavi Pledging Conference. Gavi set a plan for 2016-2020 which would save up to six million lives and immunize more than 300 million children against deadly diseases. To meet this plan, Gavi set a target of US$7.5 billion to fully meet countries’ demands for vaccines against conditions including rotavirus, HPV, measles-rubella and typhoid, and to expand immunization to those children and communities currently excluded. We are happy to share that Gavi has exceeded their target and reached US$7.539 billion!

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Importance of Partnerships

Dec 2, 2014

I recently stopped in Geneva on my way home from visiting the BID Initiative teams in Tanzania and Zambia to meet with important stakeholders at Gavi. While the BID Initiative work primarily focuses on activities in Sub-Saharan Africa with the BID Learning Network (BLN) and in our demonstration countries; , we are also building partnerships with global and bi-lateral agencies like Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, and others.

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Increasing Efficiency with Barcode Technology in Tanzania

Nov 21, 2014

In 2010,PATH set out to identify how low income countries could benefit from using barcode technology to improve the efficiency of the vaccine supply chain. The objective was to support the design of sustainable barcode technology to increase the efficiency and visibility of vaccine supply chain at all levels of the supply chain to facilitate decision making so Ministries of Health could achieve safety of vaccines and more efficient immunization programs.

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