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May 27, 2021

Electronic immunization registries in low- and middle-income countries

Digital Square, USAID

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The “Electronic immunization registries in low- and middle-income countries” report builds on lessons from previous experience with electronic immunization registries (EIRs) and other primary health care registries in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) contexts to provide recommendations on system design. In addition, the report summarizes how registries can affect service delivery and outcomes.

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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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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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Jul 6, 2018

BID Initiative lessons learned encyclopedia


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Tanzania, Zambia

The BID Initiative took a holistic approach to address immunization data challenges by packaging together information system products, data management policies, and evidence-based practices with people who are empowered to improve decision-making. This document captures the various lessons learned throughout BID, from the design and testing phase through implementation, noting if the lesson was learned in the Tanzania or Zambia implementation (or both). Read the full BID Initiative Lessons Learned Encyclopedia.

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Jan 10, 2017

Reported National Level Stock-Outs of Home-Based Records—A Quiet Problem for Immunization Programmes That Needs Attention

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Home-based records (HBRs) are an important tool for recording and communicating within primary healthcare service delivery. Unfortunately, HBRs are currently unable to fulfil their intended purpose in many communities either because the HBR is not functionally well-designed to serve its objectives, not made available, not fully adopted and/or not appropriately utilized by caregivers and/or health workers. This brief report describes the occurrence of nationally reported HBR stock-outs and HBR financing patterns during 2014 and 2015 across 195 countries reporting immunization system performance data to the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Oct 28, 2015

Webinar: Logistics management system in The Gambia


The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled, “Logistics management system in The Gambia.” The presentation provided an overview of The Gambia, one of the countries with the best immunization coverage in the West African region.

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Aug 1, 2008

Introducing new vaccines in the poorest countries: What did we learn from the GAVI experience with financial sustainability?

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This paper reviews the experience of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in introducing hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in the poorest countries, and explores how financing for immunization has changed since GAVI Fund resources were made available during its first wave of support between 2000 and 2006. The analysis of Financial Sustainability Plans in 50 countries allowed for some of the original funding assumptions of the GAVI approach to be tested against the realities in a wide set of countries, and to highlight implications for future immunization efforts. While the initial GAVI experience with financial sustainability has proved successful through the development of plans, and many countries have been able to both introduce new vaccines and mobilize additional financing for immunization, for future GAVI supported vaccine introduction, some country co-financing of these will be needed upfront for the approach to be more sustainable.

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Jun 19, 2015

Webinar: Building real-time LMIS for the vaccine supply chain in Nigeria

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The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Building real-time LMIS for the vaccine supply chain in Nigeria”. This webinar focused on building an LMIS for vaccine supply in Nigeria with an aim to acquiring a simple but impactful system. The speakers shared the stepwise approach they undertook and how they redesigned their system, adopting automation where it made sense. They discussed the challenges they faced, how they addressed them and the important lessons they have learned in the process of implementation.

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Jun 16, 2015

Full Stock Availability – Dashboard Guidance


Percentage of re-supply periods with full availability of all or a selected set of tracer vaccines and immunization supplies. Full availability is defined as no stock out (stock=0) in the store or health facility at any point in the resupply period.

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May 19, 2015

Webinar: Cold Chain Management in Zambia


The Better Immunization Data Initiative Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “The Cold Chain Management in Zambia”. This webinar focuses on the practical aspects of managing the cold chain for a vaccination program in an environment that is less than ideal.

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