BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries and the COVID-19 Response
May 7, 2020
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 about how to leverage routine health system data to understand the impacts of COVID-19. Presenters shared their experiences across Tanzania and Pakistan where teams have been supporting the governments to scale and sustain electronic immunization registries (EIRs). EIRs can provide timely data to understand changes in immunization patterns as a result of COVID-19 social distancing measures, changes in service delivery, or interruptions in supply chains. The presentation was followed by a discussion on how countries are using other data sources to understand COVID-19 health system impacts.
This webinar discussion will be of interest to data management specialists, EPI managers, health management information system specialists, digital health solution implementers, and other health care specialists committed to improving data collection, quality and use across health systems.
Hassan Mtenga has more than ten years of experience working in the public sector; seven of them in the health sector. He has been working with PATH for the past five years as team lead for the BID Initiative’s regional mentorship program. His roles include overall leadership and strategic planning and providing technical support to ministries of health, particularly around immunization programs and digital health initiatives to improve data quality and use and health management information systems. Prior to working for PATH, he worked with the University of Dar Es Salaam as a research associate and M&E specialist for the Global Fund AMFm program. He has extensive experience working with government institutions across the agricultural, health, and economic sectors. Hassan holds a master’s degree in public health, a post-graduate diploma in policy research and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Subhash Chandir is an epidemiologist at IRD Global and the director of maternal and child health. He received his medical degree from Pakistan and his master’s degree in public health (infectious diseases) and a doctorate in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University.
For more than 17 years, Subhash has conducted or participated in various studies and projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Ecuador, U.S., and U.A.E. Subhash’s work is focused on maternal and child health research and service delivery. Subhash’s research and teaching efforts are directed towards infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine-preventable diseases, economic incentives, digital health, artificial intelligence, and operational research.
Subhash is a member of the WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory Group. He also serves on the faculty at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.