BLN Webinar: Introducing the BID Learning Network Data Quality and Use Collaborative

Feb 20, 2019

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar presentation on “Introducing the BID Learning Network Data Quality and Use Collaborative.” Since 2014, the BLN has been bringing African countries together through peer learning, to identify and share tested solutions related to data collection, quality, and use. Designed as part of the BID Initiative, the BLN aims to empower countries to enhance immunization service delivery. The BLN recently partnered with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to form the BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative (the DQU Collaborative) to work with countries within the WHO/AFRO region to improve immunization data quality and use through peer-to-peer learning and interaction.

The DQU Collaborative will enable collective problem analysis and design of interventions to address these problems among participating countries. The DQU Collaborative will intentionally work with other initiatives such as the WHO Academy to identify opportunities for learning and capacity building. The ultimate goal of the DQU Collaborative is to increase equity and coverage for immunization services in Gavi-supported countries through improved data quality and use.

This webinar will be of interest to data management specialists, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) managers, health management information system (HMIS) specialists, and other health care specialists committed to improving data collection, quality and use across health systems.

If you missed the virtual event, you can now view the webinar slides here.


Dr. Chilunga Puta

Dr. Chilunga Puta has over 20 years of experience in public health and research in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been working closely with diverse global partners and national governments particularly in the area of infectious diseases and quality of health care. Dr. Puta has held various portfolios that have included directorship and technical advisor positions in research, quality improvement and infectious diseases. She is currently serving as the BLN Director with PATH. She holds a joint honors BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry, an MPH in Disease Surveillance, an MBA (Law), a PhD in Biochemistry with extensive postdoctoral training in infectious diseases. In addition, Dr. Puta is a Certified Continuous Quality Improvement Associate of the American Society of Quality.

Catherine Muyawala

Catherine Muyawala, the BLN Community Coordinator, is a knowledge management specialist with over 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).

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