lundi, 30 mars 2020
By Chilunga Puta, Director of the BID Learning Network, PATH
Posted in BID Learning Network (BLN), People, Policies & Practices, Products
The BID Learning Network (BLN) brings together digital health experts and immunization program managers from across sub-Saharan Africa to exchange experiences in implementing electronic immunization registries (EIRs), data management systems, change management approaches, and data use policies and practices. As countries across the world embrace digital solutions, PATH is drawing on its experience in designing, introducing, and scaling digital and data tools in Tanzania and Zambia to help countries address routine data challenges focusing at primary health care level.
Since 2014, the BLN has hosted learning exchanges, system demonstrations, and rich dialogues about the challenges and lessons of introducing digital and data solutions. It’s created hubs for growth and experimentation among professionals and country leaders. Now, the BLN is evolving its approach to better address the range of inquiries and needs from countries interested in adopting digital solutions for their own health systems. This includes a spectrum of short- and long-term support, meeting countries wherever they are in their journey to digital transformation.
The following post appeared on path.org.
The Government of Tanzania is calling for an end to “pilotitis”—an emphasis on narrowly focused health interventions, small populations, and vertical health programs. Last November, the country made great strides toward this goal and digital transformation with the launch of a new Digital Health Strategy (2019—2024) and a series of systems that will greatly improve coordination between partners in the health sector.
The milestones are part of the Data Use Partnership, an initiative led by the Government of Tanzania with support from PATH that applies a sustainable, holistic approach to digitalize the country’s health system. At the core of these efforts is a commitment to empowering health workers and building a healthier Tanzania.
“With our new Digital Health Strategy we will coordinate all partners and stakeholders,” explained Tumaniel Macha, the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MOHCDGEC). “We’ll have one platform where we discuss, plan, and mobilize resources together to achieve better [health] outcomes.”