Led by PATH and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the BID Initiative is grounded in the belief that better data, plus better decisions, will lead to better health outcomes. It was designed in partnership with countries to enhance overall health service delivery through improved data collection, quality, and use.

Tanzania achieves digital transformation as it transitions two new regions to fully paperless immunization system

Tanzania achieves digital transformation as it transitions two new regions to fully paperless immunization systemBy Celina Kareiva, Engagement Officer, PATH, and Saumu Juma, Project Coordinator and Communications Officer, PATHPosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), Policies & PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. A health worker uses an electronic i...
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BID Learning Network engages collaborative about country priorities

By Daines Mgidange, Change Management and Data Use Associate, PATHPosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. BID Learning Network (BLN) members meet for a study visit, during what used to be in-person gatherings. The BLN has had to pivot under the current pandemic to meet country needs and constr...
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New white paper spotlights the role of digital tools and adaptive management for navigating complex health challenges

New white paper spotlights the role of digital tools and adaptive management for navigating complex health challengesBy Celina Kareiva, Engagement Officer, PATHPosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), Monitoring & Evaluation, Packaging, Policies & Practices, PracticesPhoto: PATH/Chimwasu Njapawu. Mothers and their babies arrive early to receiv...
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Public-private partnerships in immunization data strengthening: Lessons from deploying Vietnam’s electronic immunization registry

Public-private partnerships in immunization data strengthening: Lessons from deploying Vietnam’s electronic immunization registryBy Tu Nguyen Xuan Cam, Program Officer, PATHPosted in UncategorizedPhoto: PATH. A child and mother at a fee-based immunization facility in Vietnam.Public-private partnerships in health care have been used widely in higher...
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BID Learning Network serves as conduit for exchange and growth among member countries

By Catherine Muyawala, Community Coordinator, BID Learning NetworkPosted in UncategorizedPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. BID Learning Network members participate in a learning exchange in 2015.For the past six years, the BID Learning Network (BLN) has been a conduit of learning, information exchange, and peer support in Sub-Saharan Africa aimed at improv...
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Hearing from the health workers themselves: User feedback on digital solutions accelerates progress

By Daines Mgidange, Change Management and Data Use Associate, BID Initiative, and Paul Nindi, System Project Manager, BID InitiativePosted in People, Policies & PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Health worker experiences and feedback are critical to designing effective digital health systems.Sharing health workers’ experiences with digital sol...
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Investment in digital health needs careful planning: new WHO guide explains how to do it well

By World Health OrganizationPosted in News, PackagingGraphic: World Health Organization.This post first appeared on the World Health Organization website. The BID Initiative and PATH contributed to the writing of the Digital Implementation Investment Guide.With the right approach and effective investment, digital health interventions can be success...
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Simplifying the vaccine cost equation

Posted in People, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Doune Porter. Vaccine product characteristics vary widely. Differences in volume, number of doses, and cold storage requirements—like the refrigerator shown here at Kimbiji Health Center in Tanzania—can have a big impact on cost.This post first appeared on the PATH website.For country ...
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In historic milestone, Zambia expands its electronic immunization registry to a second province

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID Initiative and Masaina Bwakya, Change Management Lead, BID ZambiaPosted in News, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/John Healey. Health workers enter vaccination data into a tablet during a vaccination service at the Mahatma Gandhi Clinic in Livingston...
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Using electronic immunization registry data to demonstrate the value of digital systems

By Emily Carnahan, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager and Hassan Mtenga, Country Lead, BID Initiative TanzaniaPosted in Monitoring & Evaluation, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Riccardo Gangale. Clinical officer Caroline Agade advises mothers on vaccinating their children at the Green Hope ...
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Tanzania’s electronic immunization registry rolls out new features to respond to COVID-19

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID InitiativePosted in Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Paulo Urioh, a nurse in-charge at Mareu Health Center, uses the Tanzania Immunization Registry to administer vaccines to patients.As COVID-19 rattles many countries and their health systems, Tanzania is turning to ...
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Going beyond denominators: Defining the value of electronic immunization registries to solve for health system barriers

Going beyond denominators: Defining the value of electronic immunization registries to solve for health system barriersBy Emily Carnahan, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager, PATHPosted in Monitoring & Evaluation, People, Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Patients wait to receive immunization services at the Usa River Health...
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New consortium commits to strengthening immunization services in the face of COVID-19

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID InitiativePosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), NewsPhoto: MCSP/Kate Holt. A nurse vaccinates a baby at a clinic in Accra, Ghana.Last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new project that will accelerate and strengthen routine immunization programs by identif...
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Journal article assesses the costs and savings of introducing electronic immunization registries

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID InitiativePosted in Monitoring & Evaluation, People, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. A patient uses her cellphone at the Usa River Health Center in Tanzania.As COVID-19 squeezes health systems, clinics and hospitals around the world are finding themselves strained by the global pandemic....
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Governing data for better health

By Ashley Bennett, Lead Governance Officer, PATH and Hallie Goertz, Director of Engagement, Center of Digital and Data Excellence, PATHPosted in Policies & PracticesPhoto: PATH. The Visualize No Malaria initiative contributes to the elimination of malaria by bringing real-time data to the frontlines. This post first appeared on the PATH website...
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Connecting in the time of COVID-19

By Jeff Bernson, Vice President, Technology, Analytics and Market Innovation, PATH and Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando, Regional Advocacy Director, Advocacy and Public Policy, PATHPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. BID Learning Network (BLN) members take part in a study visit. The BLN has taken on renewed importance providing virtual spaces for members to convene...
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Will COVID-19 accelerate digital transformation? 5 ways the development community can “build back better”

Will COVID-19 accelerate digital transformation? 5 ways the development community can “build back better”By Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance and Skye Gilbert, Executive Director of Digital Square, PATHPosted in People, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki. Marie-Reine Rutagwera, a malaria surveillance specialist for PATH, and Monde Ma...
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BLN offers virtual platform for peer learning as countries square off against COVID-19

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications AssociatePosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & PracticesPhoto: PATH/Paul Nindi. BLN members visit a health facility in Lusaka during an in-person meeting before COVID-19. The peer learning network has taken on new importance for its virtual spaces amid an evolving global pandemic.On a ...
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Maintaining commitment to immunization in Africa through COVID-19 and beyond

Posted in BID Learning Network (BLN), News, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Riccardo Gangale. A nurse administers vaccines to children at the Ngarenaro Health Center in Arusha, Tanzania.The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on health systems worldwide. The increasing demand on health facilities and h...
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3 ways immunization data tools are flexing to fight COVID-19 in Africa

By Hassan Mtenga, Country Lead, Health System Strengthening Project, PATHPosted in News, ProductsPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Riccardo Gangale. Nurses scan child health cards to verify which vaccinations are required using tablets and an electronic immunization registry at the Ngarenaro Health Center in Arusha, Tanzania.This post firs...
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