16:00–17:00 hours CAT

BLN Webinar: Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs.” Successful immunization programs use data to guide efficient management, tailor strategies, and make decisions to achieve program goals. Many data sources exist within and outside the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), but the use of various data sources together is not optimal in many countries. In the absence of perfect data, public health practice has long acknowledged that combining many pieces of weaker evidence can form a strong basis for making more informed decisions. As such, triangulation which is the synthesis of two or more existing data sources, is used to address relevant questions for program planning and decision-making. This webinar will introduce the concept of data triangulation in immunization programs for decision-making and present examples of data triangulation use in the field. The speakers will also discuss the development and dissemination of global guidance for data triangulation in EPI programs through various channels including the WHO Scholar distance-learning platform.

Join our speakers on Thursday, 28th May 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central African Time [CAT].

To join the webinar, please register in advance at the following Zoom link. If you have any questions, contact the BLN community coordinator, Catherine Muyawala, at cmuyawala@path.org.

PRESENTERS

Ms. Angela Montesanti Porter

Ms. Angela Montesanti is an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Global Immunization Division. She has 10 years of experience working in program monitoring and evaluation of health service delivery and disease surveillance programs. Currently, Angela works to provide technical support at the global, regional and country level on vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and is a co-developer of the global guidance on triangulation for improved decision-making in immunization programs.

Dr. Michelle Morales 

Dr. Michelle Morales is a medical officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Global Immunization Division. She is an internal medicine physician and graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service EIS Fellowship. Michelle has 5 years of experience in providing technical support on vaccine preventable diseases at the global, regional and country level. Currently, Michelle works on global rubella policies, as well as providing technical assistance on all aspects of rubella from vaccine introduction to confirmation of elimination. She is a co-developer of the global guidance on triangulation for improved decision-making in immunization programs.

Mr. Jan Grevendonk

Jan Grevendonk is a technical officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on guidance and capacity building for the collection, assessment, and use of immunization data. That includes methods for data quality assessment and improvement, the use of electronic tools, and standards for data collection and analysis. Recently, he has led the design and implementation of remote online courses (Scholar) for data improvement planning, and, in collaboration with CDC, on the use of data triangulation for better decision-making.

Catherine Muyawala

Catherine Muyawala, the BID Learning Network community coordinator, is a knowledge management specialist with more than 20 years of experience in information management including coordinating communities of practice. She has held various knowledge management related portfolios in diverse sectors, including public health. Catherine holds a BA in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).