The BID Learning Network (BLN) was established in 2014 as part of the BID Initiative to bring together digital health experts and immunization program managers from across sub-Saharan Africa to exchange experiences in implementing electronic immunization registries, data management systems, change management approaches, and data use policies and practices. It allows participants to connect, learn, and collaborate across borders and health areas. The BLN is designed to foster continuous learning and communication by enabling countries to learn fast, fail fast, and share fast. The BLN’s goals are to:
- Bring countries together to identify shared problems and solutions and connect with peers.
- Use this knowledge to design common information system products, practices, and data policies.
- Experiment with these designs in countries to determine their applicability.
- Use this experience to inform national and global decision-making.
The successful peer learning model will continue to connect immunization and data quality and use experts through a range of virtual platforms, such as webinars and Google Groups. The BLN will also foster collaboration with other regional networks. The BLN is now partnering with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to work with a cohort of countries to improve data quality and use through peer learning. This BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative will work with partners to identify opportunities for learning and capacity building among country personnel managing national immunization programs.