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May 22, 2020

BLN Webinar: DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs | Apps and Dashboards

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs: Apps and Dashboards.” Global and national stakeholders have acknowledged that routine immunization programs face significant challenges related to the collection, analysis, availability and use of data for planning, management and improvement of program performance. To address the data challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) worked with the Health Information Systems Program (HISP) in Tanzania to develop a DHIS2 immunization data quality application suitable for low-income countries. During this webinar the speaker provides a step-by-step guide on how the app works and how it can be applied to immunization programs for data analysis and dashboard use for decision-making. The presenter shared lessons from countries using DHIS2 data quality apps.

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May 21, 2020

BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative Meeting Report: Lusaka, 3-5 March 2020

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The BID Learning Network (BLN)/Gavi Data Quality and Use (DQU) Collaborative convened a learning session for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) representatives and data managers from member countries between March 3-5, 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. The learning session gave participants an opportunity to interact with their peers and share insights around their respective country immunization information systems, data use practices, and the lessons they have learned. The meeting also provided a platform for a rich exchange of knowledge, experiences, and ideas in support of improved immunization data quality and use. The full meeting report is now available.

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May 20, 2020

BLN Webinar: Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar presentation called “Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso.” In countries taking a fast pace to introduce new vaccines, primary vaccination recording tools, such as vaccination cards or home-based records and health facility-based records, may not be systematically updated or updated in a timely manner to include data recording fields for the new antigens. During this webinar the presenter shared key findings from a six week cross-sectional survey that was conducted in 30 health facilities across ten health districts in Burkina Faso between 2016 and 2017.

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May 20, 2020

BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative Meeting Presentations: Lusaka, 3-5 March 2020

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The BID Learning Network (BLN)/Gavi Data Quality and Use (DQU) Collaborative convened a learning session for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) representatives and data managers from member countries between March 3-5, 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. It was attended by more than 30 participants.

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May 7, 2020

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries and the COVID-19 Response

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Tanzania, Pakistan

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar on “Electronic Immunization Registries and the COVID-19 Response.” This presentation included speakers from the World Health Organization, the BID Initiative, and Interactive Research and Development. It was followed by an open discussion on how to leverage routine health system data to understand the impacts of COVID-19.

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Apr 22, 2020

BLN Webinar: Assessing the Digital Readiness of Countries Using the EIR Readiness Tool

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar panel discussion on “Assessing the Digital Readiness of Countries Using the EIR Readiness Tool.” The EIR readiness tool can help countries determine their capacity for the successful and sustainable implementation of an EIR system.

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Apr 10, 2020

Vietnam’s Scale-Up from a District-Level Pilot to a National-Scale Electronic Immunization Registry

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Viet Nam

Vietnam’s immunization registry system prior to 2009 was a paper-based logbook that was prone to errors, time-consuming, and burdensome for health workers. Starting in 2009, the Vietnam National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI) and their partner PATH began visualizing the possibilities and benefits that a national-scale electronic immunization registry (EIR) and vaccine-stock-management system could bring to Vietnam. In 2017, the National Immunization Information System (NIIS)—a sustainably planned, government-run, nationwide EIR system—was officially launched along with national mandates on system use. Much of the success of the scale-up of the Vietnam EIR can be attributed to three key factors: (a) planning for scale from the beginning, (b) commitment from the government, and (c) technical partnerships. The story of scaling up, however, did not come without challenges and hurdles. This case study reviews Vietnam’s journey from district pilot to national-level EIR.

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Apr 8, 2020

BID Learning Network Factsheet

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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. In response to a growing demand from countries to adopt their own digital health solutions, the BLN is expanding its portfolio. Drawing on its experience in designing, introducing, and scaling digital and data tools in Tanzania and Zambia, the BLN will help countries address routine data challenges at a primary health care level.

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Apr 8, 2020

BLN Webinar: DHIS2 Data Quality Application for Data Use Culture

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar panel discussion on “Capacity Building for DQU Collaborative Countries.” Global and national stakeholders have acknowledged that routine immunization programs face significant challenges related to the collection, analysis, availability, and use of data for planning, management and improvement of program performance. To address these data challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) worked with HISP to develop a DHIS2 data quality application suitable for countries.

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Mar 31, 2020

Perceptions of factors influencing the introduction and adoption of electronic immunization registries in Tanzania and Zambia: a mixed methods study

Implementation Science Communications

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Tanzania, Zambia

As technology has become cheaper and more accessible, health programs are adopting digital health interventions (DHI) to improve the provision of and demand for health services. These interventions are complex and require strong coordination and support across different health system levels and government departments, and they need significant capacities in technology and information to be properly implemented. Electronic immunization registries (EIRs) are types of DHI used to capture, store, access, and share individual-level, longitudinal health information in digitized records. The BID Initiative worked in partnership with the governments of Tanzania and Zambia to introduce an EIR at the sub-national level in both countries within 5 years as part of a multi-component complex intervention package focusing on data use capacity-building. We aimed to gather and describe learnings from the BID experience by conducting a framework-based mixed methods study to describe perceptions of factors that influenced scale-up of the EIR. Read the full article in Implementation Science Communications.

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