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Aug 25, 2020

Determinants of facility-level use of electronic immunization registries in Tanzania and Zambia: An observational analysis

Global Health: Science and Practice

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As more countries transition from paper-based to electronic immunization registries (EIRs) to collect and track individual immunization data, guidance is needed for successful adoption and use of these systems. Little research is available on the determinants of EIR use soon after introduction. The BID Initiative published an observational study assessing the determinants of facility health care workers’ use of new EIRs in Tanzania and Zambia. The results highlight the importance of organizational and behavioral factors in explaining sustained EIR use. Read the full manuscript in Global Health: Science and Practice.

   

Aug 21, 2020

BLN Webinar: Lessons from the Landscape Analysis of Electronic Immunization Registries

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar titled “Lessons from the Landscape Analysis of Electronic Immunization Registries,” with Jennifer Pancholi, senior manager for Digital Solutions at VillageReach. In 2019, VillageReach launched a landscape analysis about the implementation of electronic immunization registries (EIRs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). During this webinar… >

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Aug 6, 2020

BLN Webinar: Data for the Immunization Agenda 2030 Strategic Action Plan

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The BID Learning Network hosted a webinar where the Kati Collective, consultants engaged by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, and the World Health Organization, sought input on the framework for the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) Data Strategic Action Plan. In this webinar, the consultants shared the work they’ve undertaken to date by the IA2030 Data Strategy Working Group.

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Jul 24, 2020

Data Use Partnership Regional Overview

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The Data Use Partnership (DUP) is a Tanzania government–led initiative that is improving the national health care system through better use of health information. Under the DUP initiative, the government is working with PATH to strengthen digital health and build local capacity so that everyone—from government officials to health workers to patients—can have better access to health information and make more informed decisions, leading to a healthier Tanzania. This overview provides a summary of the different ways DUP is working to strengthen Tanzania's health system.

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Jul 15, 2020

BLN Virtual Panel Discussion: Immunization Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Lessons and Post-Pandemic Recovery Strategies from Malawi and Zambia

The BID Learning Network (BLN) is hosting a series of virtual panel discussions about immunization service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to watch a discussion about lessons and post-pandemic recovery strategies from Malawi and Zambia. This is the second in a series of three virtual panel discussions.

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Jun 30, 2020

BLN Virtual Panel Discussion: Immunization Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Lessons and Post-Pandemic Recovery Strategies

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) is hosting a series of virtual panel discussions about immunization service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to watch a discussion about lessons and post-pandemic recovery strategies. This is the first in a series of three virtual panel discussions.

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Jun 18, 2020

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia | From Design to Deployment

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Tanzania, Zambia

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar presentation on “Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia: From Design to Deployment.” The BID Initiative, a PATH project with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked closely with the ministries of health in Tanzania and Zambia to address data-related challenges faced by their immunization programs. The BID Initiative developed interventions comprising electronic immunization registries (EIRs), supply chain management, and data use tools. Join us in this webinar where the speakers provide an overview of the process to develop the digital health solutions, from the design stage through to deployment of the system.

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Jun 17, 2020

Assessing the incremental costs and savings of introducing electronic immunization registries and stock management systems: Evidence from the BID Initiative in Tanzania and Zambia

Pan African Medical Journal

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Tanzania, Zambia

Poor data quality and use negatively impact immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In addition, many LMICs have a shortage of health personnel, and staff available have demanding workloads across several health programs. In order to address these challenges, the BID Initiative introduced a comprehensive suite of interventions, including an electronic immunization registry aimed at improving the quality, reliability, and use of immunization data in Tanzania and Zambia. BID conducted a micro-costing study to estimate the economic costs of service delivery and logistics for the immunization programs with and without the BID interventions in a sample of health facilities and district program offices in each country. The full article can be found in the Pan African Medical Journal.

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Jun 3, 2020

BLN Webinar: Addressing Immunization Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar called: “Addressing Immunization Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.” This BLN webinar was hosted in partnership with Nigeria’s WHO Scholar Alumni. The webinar discusses the challenges faced by health workers and the ways in which they have been resolved.  

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Jun 2, 2020

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

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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.

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