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  1. S'appuyant sur quatre décennies d'expérience en matière de plaidoyer, PATH entend jouer un rôle de catalyseur pour promouvoir la pratique du plaidoyer dans le domaine de la santé en favorisant les échanges de connaissances, la connexion et la collaboration entre les acteurs de plaidoyer pour la santé et les autres parties prenantes. Ce dossier d'apprentissage met en lumière les principaux enseignements d'une conversation virtuelle entre les acteurs de la société civile et un responsable politique du Kenya, de l'Ouganda et du Burkina Faso sur les expériences et les leçons tirées de l'engagement des responsables politiques dans la définition de l'agenda et des priorités concernant les systèmes de SSP (soins de santé primaire) et la mise en œuvre des politiques aux niveaux national et régional.
    Published: December 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  2. Policy advocacy is the deliberate process of informing and influencing decision-makers to support evidence-based policy change and policy implementation, including mobilizing resources. In addition to conducting direct advocacy, PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy teamcollaborates with others to advance the policy advocacy practice itself.
    Published: December 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  3. As a signatory to the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, Kenya’s government recognizes the importance of primary health care (PHC) and has realized noteworthy progress in strengthening its PHC systems, which deliver the vast majority of services in a person’s lifetime. Notably, in 2019, the Ministry of Health established the Division of Primary Health Services and Family Medicine to develop policies and guidelines, set quality standards, provide technical assistance and capacity-building support to counties, and coordinate partners and mobilize resources in support of PHC.
    Published: December 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  4. Global health actors have invested in developing data resources and tools as global goods to support evidence-informed advocacy and decision making by policymakers, advocates, and health care providers, and other diverse players. These tools contain rich data from trusted national and global sources, which can be useful to advocates in building strong advocacy cases to influence policies, investments, decisions, and accountability for RMNCAH and nutrition.
    Published: December 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  5. Drawing on four decades of advocacy experience, PATH aims to play a catalytic role in advancing the practice of advocacy in health through fostering knowledge sharing, connection and collaboration among health advocates and other stakeholders. This learning brief highlights key takeaways from a virtual conversation between civil society advocates and a policymaker from Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso about experiences and lessons in engaging policymakers for agenda and priority setting around PHC systems and policy implementation at national and regional levels.
    Published: December 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  6. Subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC) is an innovative injectable contraceptive that can dramatically expand access and choice for women. Led by PATH in partnership with JSI, the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative provides data-driven technical assistance, coordination, and tools to ensure that women and adolescent girls have equitable access to self-injection as one contraceptive option, delivered through informed choice programming. For more information, visit the DMPA-SC Resource Library, DMPA-SC Access Collaborative page, or email FPoptions@path.org.
    Published: November 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  7. The Digital Health Ecosystem (DHE) project supports the sustainability and expansion of digital tools for health by helping local entrepreneurs more easily access financing, technical resources, and opportunities for scale. The DHE, in particular, will foster a global network of innovators building businesses on common open-source platforms, enabling them to focus on unmet needs while leveraging existing digital architectures and communities in countries. By doing so, innovators will face fewer barriers in scaling businesses that support health systems and expand country choice by offering local as well as global solutions.For more background information, please visit the article on this work.Call for Expressions of InterestIn July 2022, the Bayer-funded and PATH and Medic-led DHE released a Call for Expressions of Interest: Africa-based Digital Health Entrepreneurs to Expand Tools for Community Health. In support of this effort, Digital Square invited African businesses, organizations, and social entrepreneurs with software, content, and/or services to participate. The objective was to create a continent-wide list of qualifying respondents that could be available to donors, investors, and implementing partners worldwide.In their submissions, candidates had to demonstrate their ability to support the implementation of software tools and products. They also had to have an interest in engaging in the digital health space of a country, and a willingness to work with local governments and populations at scale, including populations that cannot directly purchase from vendors, but may be government beneficiaries. Finally, they had to be registered as a formal organization or business in the World Health Organization Africa Region, with sufficient accounting mechanisms to track revenue and expenditures.The EOI received a total of 175 submissions from 25 African countries. The six countries with the most submissions were Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.The submissions presented a wide array of offerings on topics such as telehealth, electronic medical records, supply chain systems, patient scheduling, and data use. More than half of the technologies have been on the market for 3 or more years. Of those, more than half have been available for 5 or more years, and a notable number have been available for at least 10 years, representing a healthy mix of market maturity.Evaluation of submissionsAll submissions were evaluated by a steering committee comprised of a diverse set of the foremost leaders and thinkers in digital health technology, including representatives from country governments, donor organizations, implementing organizations, technology vendors, and other groups.After completing the evaluations, the DHE team applied a scoring system with a 3-point scale based on the LESC’s evaluations. The DHE team then eliminated low scorers (1–1.5), included high scorers (2.5–3), and reevaluated mid-level scorers (1.6–2.4). The team also reevaluated any one organization where the two reviewers had more than a 0.5 differentiation in overall score. The LESC members then met with the DHE and Digital Square teams to discuss the outcomes and finalize the Africa-based Digital Health Entrepreneurs List, which consists of 112 of the 175 submissions received.The LESC evaluated submissions using formal, documented evaluation criteria available in Table 1 below.How to use this listThis list is intended to be a resource to help countries, donors, implementers, and the global digital health community identify possible local partners to leverage and adapt existing digital tools in response to improve health system challenges. It is intended to start conversations on potential partnerships with local, Africa-based entrepreneurs.Please note this list was curated in August 2022, and does NOT fully vet the technical quality or experience of the solutions and does not constitute an endorsement of the solutions listed.Users can download the list below. From there, users can filter their copy of the list by technological need, geographical need, or both.If you would like to provide feedback on the value of this list, please complete this form. We are also proactively following up with entrepreneurs on the list to assess what type of engagement resulted from this resource and how we can structure future public calls.
    Published: November 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  8. The Zambia Ministry of Health (MOH) developed an oxygen dashboard to support an efficient, resilient, and safe oxygen delivery system with high-quality evidence and data. The oxygen dashboard is an online application designed to collect data on oxygen demand and supply during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The oxygen dashboard uses the DHIS2 software platform and produces data visualizations for each health facility based on select oxygen indicators. As part of this effort, PATH, with support from the MOH, conducted a short user survey to (1) investigate knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of users related to the oxygen dashboard; (2) gauge the user challenges with reporting data into the oxygen dashboard; and (3) generate recommendations for further improvement of the oxygen dashboard. This report provides the results of the survey, which demonstrates that the majority of respondents were aware of the dashboard, but most did not use it regularly because of other day-to-day responsibilities. And health facilities that did use the dashboard found it to be very helpful to plan and manage oxygen delivery.
    Published: November 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  9. As countries digitalize their health systems, health practitioners and ministries of health are learning what makes the development and introduction of digital health tools and approaches successful. However global policies and digital health investments often do not reflect the priorities and lessons that have emerged from these countries’ experiences.To bridge this gap, the Data Use Acceleration and Learning (DUAL) initiative collected learnings from its five focal countries and packaged them into a model for digital transformation for data use that evolves the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) eHealth Strategy Building Blocks.The DUAL model identifies ten core elements of a comprehensive approach to transforming a country’s health data systems and digital tools to advance data use. Rather than presenting a linear, step-by-step guide for digital transformation, it provides the “ingredients” for success that depend on and enable one another toward catalytic change.The DUAL report allows countries to identify the most appropriate starting point based on the priorities and digital maturity of their health systems. Each element is framed as a standalone chapter with key enabling factors, based on the evidence of what worked and what didn’t in the five focal countries DUAL studied. Specific actions are recommended for each enabling factor and country examples are used to illustrate the DUAL model at work.
    Published: October 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  10. During the Union World Conference on Lung Health 2022, PATH will showcase our continued commitment to advancing TB care through patient-centered innovations and systems-level advancements.
    Published: October 2022
    Type: Press Release
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