By By Celina Kareiva, Senior Communications Associate, BID Initiative
Posted in People, Policies & Practices, Practices
The BID Initiative has just released an exciting new publication that will benefit other countries interested in implementing their own electronic immunization registries (EIRs). In the new journal article, “Electronic immunization registries in Tanzania and Zambia: Shaping a minimum viable product for scaled solutions,” which appeared in the multi-disciplinary, open-access journal, Frontiers in Public Health, BID hopes to help other countries avoid the costly, time-consuming, and complex ramp-up often required of these digital platforms.
EIRs have been shown to improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of routine immunization data so that health workers can make more informed actions based on the information at their fingertips. EIRs help health workers track children who have missed vaccines, identify coverage rates, and improve the timeliness of immunization. BID worked with governments of Tanzania and Zambia to design, develop, introduce, and scale an EIR in both countries. In the process, BID also defined a comprehensive set of system requirements to ensure that both countries’ EIRs meet the needs of the health workers using them.