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Putting the Right Information in the Right Hands

May 11, 2016

The BID Initiative leverages sustainable and scalable solutions such as a national electronic immunization system and supply chain tools to put the power of data in the hands of health workers so they can do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

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Video: Better Data. Better Decisions. Better Health

Apr 14, 2016

We are excited to share our first video in a four-part series! Told from the perspective of the health workers currently using BID solutions in Arusha Region Tanzania, we created these videos to provide an inside look at the BID Initiative on the ground.

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How do we improve health around the world?

Feb 24, 2016

Improving poor data quality and use is a complicated problem to solve. There isn’t a single, one size fits all solution that can truly address this challenge in a scalable, sustainable way. At the BID Initiative, we believe that the collection of multiple interventions is key to helping address data quality and use challenges. We need a holistic investment in data management policies and practices, information system products, and the people who will use them.

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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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Return on Investment: Strengthening People, Processes, and Technology Improves Supply Chain Performance in Tanzania

Sep 30, 2015

Like many of the countries involved with the BID Initiative, Tanzania identified data visibility to stock status, especially from lower levels of the health system, as one of its primary challenges.

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Firsthand Look at Supply & Logistics Management in Dakar

Jun 16, 2015

In 2007, PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO) began a collaborative effort to prioritize supply chain efforts through Project Optimize. Between 2009 and 2012, the Ministry of Health in Senegal engaged Optimize as a way address issues in the supply chain in innovative ways. During the 2015 BLN meeting in Dakar, Senegal, participants had the opportunity to explore and learn about the technologies implemented.

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BLN Dives into Logistics Management Information Systems

Jun 11, 2015

The second BID Initiative Learning Network (BLN) Design Collaborative meeting occurred in Dakar, Senegal, during 26-28 May 2015. Sixteen participants with representation of fifteen sub-Saharan African countries attended the meeting and discussed the design, development and implementation of Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS) within the African context.

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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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Overcoming Supply Chain Bottlenecks at the Community Level

Feb 9, 2015

A key component in the BID Initiative approach focuses on supply chain interventions. Interventions such as barcode technology, alerts for expired vaccines and using this data in supply and inventory reports will ensure each clinic has adequate vaccine supply, the district officials have visibility into and can better manage supply levels and the community health workers are trained in supply chain management. Today, we take a look at how another organization, JSI, is Improving Supply Chains for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) through a five-year learning project.

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