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Transforming behavior and culture

Jan 19, 2017

The BID Learning Network convened in Uganda in November for a design collaborative meeting focused on change management. Participants from across sub-Saharan Africa explored the Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model and how to transform behaviors and organizational cultures; learned from each another and BID Initiative experiences on what has been successful and challenging when implementing changes; and identified practical tools and strategies to facilitate change management.

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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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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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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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A nurse looks into a refrigerator checking vaccine and supplies stock.

Intervention Spotlight: Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Nov 25, 2015

How many pneumonia vaccines are left in storage? How many vaccines do we need for next month? These might seem like simple questions, but for health facilities they represent central challenges.

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Cold Chain Policy vs. Cold Hard Reality: Thinking Inside the Box

Nov 10, 2015

Recently, I was sitting with the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Manager, his senior staff, and technical assistance (TA) partners in an African country, discussing support for better visibility and analysis of immunization supply chain data. The EPI Manager was willing to listen, but wasn’t sure his team needed help in data analysis. As for visibility, that was already being addressed.

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RFP for Electronic Immunization Registry Development in Zambia

Jul 14, 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Better Immunization Data (BID) Electronic Immunization Registry Development in Zambia.

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Intervention Spotlight: Electronic Immunization Registry

Jul 1, 2015

A key intervention for the BID Initiative is the national electronic immunization registry that will ensure all children are registered from birth and do not miss a potentially life-saving vaccine.

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Creativity: The Key to Developing Tanzania’s Electronic Immunization System

May 27, 2015

Creativity doesn’t always come to mind when one thinks about software design and development. Creativity is typically reserved for the arts. Innovation on the other hand is often used to describe new software. But I have always found creativity to be an essential part of the custom software development process, particularly when deployed in low-resource environments. Working with PATH on the BID Initiative’s development and launch of an immunization registry in Tanzania is a good example.

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Opportunities for Home-Based Immunization Records

Apr 9, 2015

The BID Initiative is on the brink of implementing a national electronic immunization system in Tanzania while countries yet to implement such a system often turn to home-based records for immunization programs. With scarce public health resources and the need for accurate data on immunization coverage, home-based records can be an effective way to track if children are receiving the vaccines they need. However, is there a need for a more durable, coordinated system for home-based records?

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