BLN Webinar: Making the Case for Improved Immunization Data in Zimbabwe

Apr 27, 2017

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “Making the case for Improved Immunization Data in Zimbabwe.”

In this webinar, the presenter walked the audience through the Zimbabwe Expanded Program on Immunization (ZEPI) and offered a brief background and historical perspective. The speaker shared lessons learned in the process of implementing the EPI program and its integration into the national health information and surveillance system.  This presentation also discussed future plans for improved EPI data management using an electronic reporting system. This webinar should be of interest to health information systems and data management specialists as well as healthcare practitioners committed to improving data availability, quality, and use.

If you missed our virtual event, you can now see the recorded webinar.


Dr. Portia Manangazira

Dr. Portia Manangazira has extensive experience in coordination and management of communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control programs. She has served the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) since 1996.  She is currently Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the MOHCC whose responsibilities span the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion and health information. She is responsible for the planning, coordination and management of public health programs as well as the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health information, disease prevention and control, including emergency preparedness and response, (EPR) policies and strategies.

During the course of her career Dr. Manangazira has made significant contributions to science through research and has published numerous articles. Additionally, she has led and coordinated various national population-based and communicable diseases surveys, notably the Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey 2005/6, 2010/11 and 2015/16 as well as coverage surveys on Measles, HPV and EPI, among others.

Dr. Chilunga Puta

Chilunga Puta, Director of the BLN, is an infectious disease research and public health practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working in developing country health care settings. She has held diverse technical and administrative positions that have enabled her to acquire a wide range of skills and an in-depth understanding of developing economy health care systems. Dr Puta holds a BSc joint honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology, a PhD in Biochemistry, an MPH with a major in Disease Surveillance, an MBA (Law) and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate of the American Society for Quality.

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