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.

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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Countries gather in Lusaka for BID Learning Network meeting to strengthen digital and data capacity

By Masaina Bwakya, Change Management Lead, PATHPosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), PeoplePhoto: PATH/Paul Nindi. BLN members met in Lusaka in March to share their experiences with digital and data solutions. As part of the meeting, BLN members visited facilities to see how health data is managed and visualized.For Silemane Ouedraogo, an Expanded ...
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The costs of electronic immunization registries, sharing BID’s experience to help other countries plan

The costs of electronic immunization registries, sharing BID’s experience to help other countries planBy Mercy Mvundura, Senior Health Economist, PATH and Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, PATHPosted in Packaging, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Health workers use an electronic immunization registry in Tan...
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Case study celebrates lessons and catalytic potential of rapid, iterative software development across three countries

Case study celebrates lessons and catalytic potential of rapid, iterative software development across three countriesBy Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID InitiativePosted in Packaging, Policies & Practices, ProductsPakistan, Zambia, and Kenya are among a growing number of countries implementing electronic immunization registr...
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BID Learning Network expands services, mentoring countries across sub-Saharan Africa in digital and data solutions

BID Learning Network expands services, mentoring countries across sub-Saharan Africa in digital and data solutionsBy Chilunga Puta, Director of the BID Learning Network, PATHPosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & Practices, ProductsGraphic: PATH. The BID Learning Network has expanded its services to include targeted mentorship...
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New strategy and systems cement Tanzania’s digital health leadership

Photo: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Paulo Urioh, a nurse at Mareu Health Center in Tanzania uses his facility’s electronic immunization registry. Last year, Tanzania launched a new national digital health strategy that will pave the way for more digital innovation.The following post appeared on path.org. The Government of Tanzania is calling for an end to “p...
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Lessons from the frontlines of the digital revolution: The BID Learning Network mentors countries invested in digital solutions

Lessons from the frontlines of the digital revolution: The BID Learning Network mentors countries invested in digital solutionsBy Hassan Mtenga, Country Lead Health System Strengthening, BID InitiativePosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Health professionals visit Kaoleni Health C...
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Lessons from the frontlines of the digital revolution: The BID Learning Network mentors countries invested in digital solutions

Lessons from the frontlines of the digital revolution: The BID Learning Network mentors countries invested in digital solutionsBy Hassan Mtenga, Country Lead Health System Strengthening, BID InitiativePosted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Health professionals visit Kaoleni Health C...
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Zambia’s Ministry of Health collaborates with BID and others to strengthen immunization system

By Masaina Bwakya, Change Management Lead, BID InitiativePosted in PracticesPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/John Healey. Gertrude Tembo holds her baby during a vaccination service at the Mahatma Gandhi Clinic in Livingstone, Zambia. The Mahatma Gandhi Clinic is one of the first clinics to use data quality and use interventions under the ...
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Zambia’s Ministry of Health collaborates with BID and others to strengthen immunization system

By Masaina Bwakya, Change Management Lead, BID InitiativePosted in PracticesPhoto: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/John Healey. Gertrude Tembo holds her baby during a vaccination service at the Mahatma Gandhi Clinic in Livingstone, Zambia. The Mahatma Gandhi Clinic is one of the first clinics to use data quality and use interventions under the ...
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Publication round-up: BID publishes new costing data, learnings, and best practices

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications AssociatePosted in Packaging, People, Policies & Practices, PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. A health worker at Mareu Health Center in Tanzania checks her mobile phone. New evidence demonstrates that digital tools are improving immunization service delivery.The BID Initiative is committed to advancing ...
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Publication round-up: BID publishes new costing data, learnings, and best practices

By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications AssociatePosted in Packaging, People, Policies & Practices, PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. A health worker at Mareu Health Center in Tanzania checks her mobile phone. New evidence demonstrates that digital tools are improving immunization service delivery.The BID Initiative is committed to advancing ...
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New Vietnam case study highlights lessons learned around key partnerships with mobile network operators and electronic immunization registries

New Vietnam case study highlights lessons learned around key partnerships with mobile network operators and electronic immunization registriesBy Maya Rivera, Communications Officer, PATHPosted in Packaging, Policies & Practices, ProductsPhoto: PATH/Cuong Nguyen Phu. The IDEAL-Vietnam project works closely with the BID Initiative to provide glob...
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Launching the future of data

By Saumu Juma, Communications Associate, BID InitiativePosted in News, Policies & PracticesPhoto: Honorable Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health, celebrated Tanzania’s progress and reiterated her commitment to using data quality and use interventions to improve immunization service delivery in front of members of the media, government officials...
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The key to better primary health care? Human-centered design

By Kelly Huffman, PATHPosted in People, Policies & Practices, PracticesPhoto: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Patients wait for an immunization clinic at the Usa River Health Center in Tanzania.The following post appeared on path.org. Human-centered design is an approach to problem-solving that puts people first. Their needs, their constraints, their contex...
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