Chad’s immunisation turnaround during the pandemic
Up until 2017, Chad’s immunisation coverage was one of the lowest in the world. Only around 40% of children received the required doses of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and haemophilus influenza B (DTC-HibB).
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Chad’s immunisation turnaround during the pandemic
By Florian Guiod, Nils Turner, Achta Elimi, Gedeon Ndakmissou
On 09 August 2022
Up until 2017, Chad’s immunisation coverage was one of the lowest in the world. Only around 40% of children received the required doses of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and haemophilus influenza B (DTC-HibB).
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Public Sector
Working with Ministers
By Tara Mounce & Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi
On 09 August 2022
In this article we invite you to walk a mile in the Minister’s shoes - hopefully a nicely crafted pair of heels - and through understanding better their motivations discover how to better work alongside them.
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interviews
Every journey starts with one step
By Luca Hajdú
On 09 August 2022
Hi Everyone, I am Emese and this is the new episode of our usual Acasus podcast series. Today my guest is someone who has been with us for almost 1,5 years now and who ever since joining has been contributing to our projects in Pakistan, KP province. It is my pleasure to finally talk to you, Shujaat! Welcome!
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Public Health
Learnings from supplementary immunization activities to improve routine immunization in Balochistan
By Haroon Rasheed Kasi & Muhammad Shehzad Shareef
On 04 August 2022
Balochistan has the lowest rate of fully immunized children in Pakistan. However, applying best practices from supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) to routine immunization (RI) can help change that.
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Public Sector
Citizens, our best public service quality auditors
By Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi
On 02 August 2022
Corruption is traditionally conceptualized as “the abuse of public office for private gains.” However, everyday we see that corruption reaches beyond the public sphere and the actions of individuals. The recent political history of various Latin American countries has been tainted by Odebrecht and its corruption machine, which implicated politicians, government officials in charge of executing major public works projects, and local engineering companies.
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Delivery
Lessons learnt: Rebuilding health service delivery after conflict
By Iman Abdulkarim Mubarek & Miki Wondimeneh
On 05 July 2022
The crisis in Ethiopia's northern region has caused significant disruption across the health service. Regions such as Afar, Amhara and Oromia have been affected by disruptions in primary health services over the past two years.
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Public Health
Targeted financing of outreach strategies: improving coverage and equity in Chad
By Gedeon Ndakmissou & Nils Turner
On 21 June 2022
Over a period of three months, more than 31,000 additional children were vaccinated with four antigens in three historically lagging provinces by financing additional vaccination strategies in a targeted manner. This equates to an average of 10 percent of the annual coverage target per province (for both BCG and Penta 1 and 3) with on average over 23 percent of those vaccinated being zero dose children.
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Delivery
Lessons from two decades of school reform in New York City
By Fenton Whelan
On 06 June 2022
New York City’s schools have improved significantly and can teach us a lot about reform.
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Delivery
Rapidly mapping health facilities in fragile and conflict-affected contexts: lessons from Somalia
By Jonny Barty & Abdiwahab Abdullahi Elmi
On 26 May 2022
Somalia is one of the most difficult places to provide health services, following decades of conflict and political instability, and persistent limitations in capacity, infrastructure, and management.
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interviews
How to improve your leadership skills
By Luca Hajdú
On 24 May 2022
Hello Everyone, I am Emese from the HR team of Acasus and this is our monthly podcast session. I am super excited as I have a special guest today who’s been with the company from the very beginning. Having a long career in education working in academic and executive roles, being the Deputy Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership, Geoff oversees the topic of leadership better than most. I hope you have your coffee ready because it will be worth tuning into the next 15 minutes! Please meet Geoff Southworth!
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Delivery
What made Mozambique's Covid vaccination drive so successful?
By Mauro Cuna, Antonio Sambo, Kate Brownlow & Ahmed Razzak
On 10 May 2022
Mozambique’s strong performance is gaining recognition regionally and internationally, despite initial constraints of vaccine supply, in-country delivery, and local acceptance.
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Delivery
How to identify and resolve challenges in data utilization for governments across the developing world
By Fatima Shahid & Rimshaw Khan
On 05 April 2022
The effective use of data in the public sector is often hindered by challenges unique to the various regions in which we work. By utilizing the right tools, we can not only identify, but also move towards resolving these challenges.
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Public Health
Lessons learnt: Designing effective campaigns to enhance COVID-19 vaccine administration
By Noor Fatima
On 15 March 2022
During the past year, the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine has been one of the biggest challenges for the health sector globally. While most countries were able to gain momentum initially, over time vaccinations have stagnated.
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interviews
Gender issues from male perspective
By Blanka Jánosi & Luca Hajdú
On 07 March 2022
Gender issues have become increasingly important in our daily lives and in the life of Acasus. With this in mind, we wanted to emphasise our commitment to gender equality and to mark International Women's Day so we are organising a "Women's Week", where we will also address these issues and share our colleagues' insights, experiences and tips on the subject.
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Careers
Practical Advice for Young Public Officials
By Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi
On 22 February 2022
I assumed the office of Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru at the age of 34, in October 2019. In some sectors of public opinion, my appointment was controversial, and I presume not just because of my “youth”, but because I was a young woman.
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Public Health
Roundtable discussion about the reminder bracelet project
By Luca Hajdú
On 03 February 2022
This is Melinda from Acasus HR and welcome to our new podcast session about which I could not be more excited since we are doing a roundtable discussion today. Please welcome our guests who came up with a brilliant, innovative, creative solution for improving immunization coverage in Ethiopia using reminder bracelets! Please welcome Kirobel Begashaw, Tsion Tewodros and Guluma Berhanu.
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Delivery
Training frontline staff for digital transformation
By Ammar Agha
On 14 December 2021
Rolling out technology is a top priority for many governments, especially in developing countries, and can be a promising approach to improving performance - if you do it right!
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Education
Ensuring the uptake of evidence-based interventions in large-scale education programmes
By Ahmed Razzak & Awais Khalid
On 23 November 2021
Large-scale uptake of evidence-based interventions is often limited across education programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to poor learning outcomes. This can be changed rapidly with the right set of actions.
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interviews
Interview with our Project Director, Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi
By Luca Hajdú
On 11 November 2021
Hi Everyone and welcome to the new episode of the Acasus podcast series! My name is Melinda and I have a special guest today, Toni Alva. Toni goes without introduction being the former Minister of Finance in Peru. As minister, she led the implementation of Peru’s economic plan in response to the Covid-19 crisis and now we are lucky enough to have her on our team. Hi Toni, and welcome to the podcast! Great to have you! I was actually so excited about this podcast, I have loads of questions to ask you, so let’s get started!
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Delivery
Best practices for generating demand for health services and vaccination in developing economies
By Alexandre Mpasinas
On 02 November 2021
Generating ongoing demand for vaccines and health services in developing countries is complex and difficult. Specific population groups such as nomadic populations, religious communities and people located in remote villages in deserted areas are especially difficult to reach and to convince.
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Delivery
Best practices for delivering health services in challenging environments
By Jonny Barty, Bahman Shahi, Kirobel Begashaw& Ahmed Razzak
On 21 September 2021
Some environments present particular challenges for health service delivery, including active conflict, political instability, limited financing, extreme geography, and high rurality. In some cases, all of these challenges exist together.
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Delivery
Using geo-spatial analysis to improve health service delivery and target zero-dose communities: examples from Ethiopia and Afghanistan
By Samim Rohany, Harun Asefa & Jonny Barty
On 31 August 2021
Each year, around ten million children receive no vaccinations at all.
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Delivery
The gender gap in COVID-19 vaccination and what to do about it
By Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi & Jonny Barty
On 10 August 2021
Acknowledging the problem and implementing service delivery modalities customized for women are short-term actions governments can take to improve access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Placing more women in leadership positions is critical in the longer term.
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Education
Mitigating learning losses after COVID-19
By Ahmed Razzak and Fenton Whelan
On 08 June 2021
COVID-19 has worsened Africa’s learning crisis. However, with the right set of actions, governments can rapidly reverse this.
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Delivery
Mapping and understanding the needs of populations in urban slums
By Tsion Tewodros Fissaha and Jonny Barty
On 12 May 2021
Combining simple data collection tools, geo-spatial analysis, and local stakeholder expertise can be used to develop targeted solutions to improve EPI service delivery in urban slums.
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Public Health
Optimizing support for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
By Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi & Jonny Barty
On 11 May 2021
After more than a year fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials are now turning their attention to the challenge of vaccinating their populations.
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Delivery
How mobile phones can strengthen supportive supervision and improve immunization services
By Mauro Cuna, Antonio Sambo, Kate Brownlow & Ahmed Razzak
On 10 May 2021
Since 2003, approximately a third of Mozambican children aged 12-23 months have not been fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. To help reduce the rate of under immunized children, Acasus has been working to improve leadership, management and coordination within the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) in the country.
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interviews
Our Story in Chad - Interview with our Project Manager, Florian Guiod
By Luca Hajdú
On 06 May 2021
Today my guest is someone who has joined the Acasus team in Chad in the beginning of 2020 as a Senior Consultant and now leading the team in Chad as a Project Manager. I am pleased to welcome Florian Guiod who is going to share his and his team’s story with us today!
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Public Health
Not ready for the vaccine
By Ahmed Razzak and Fenton Whelan
On 26 April 2021
A few countries are setting the pace for the world both in terms of the speed at which they are rolling out Covid vaccines and the practices they are deploying in the process.
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Delivery
Using satellite imagery to improve immunization coverage in DRC
By Amani Lwanzo, Oriane Gascon and Parias Mukeba
On 06 April 2021
In 2017, surveys showed that only 1 in 3 children were fully immunized in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while 1 in 5 did not receive any vaccines at all (MICS).
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interviews
Insights of our Public Health Expert with Emily Wootton
By Luca Hajdú
On 18 March 2021
My role at Acasus is to advise on public health issues across the organizations, including all the countries in which Acasus works and other initiatives or projects, such as evaluations...
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interviews
Interview with Ahmed Razzak from Switzerland
By Luca Hajdú
On 17 March 2021
You are one of the people at Acasus who can easily be an example for others based on the six years that you have been with us.
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Public Health
Using ‘reminder bracelets’ to improve immunization coverage in Ethiopia
By Jonny Barty & Kirobel Begashaw
On 05 March 2021
GAVI estimates that in the countries it supports, one in five children ‘drop out’ of the schedule between their first and third dose of DPT, while 10 million children do not receive a single dose of DPT at all.
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Delivery
Simple processes for better logistics
By Florian Guiod, Achta Elimi and Karima Akhouna
On 23 February 2021
Logistics in developing countries are often perceived as insolvable nightmares: structural barriers such as vast territories, limited infrastructure and hot climates often come with inadequate processes. Implementing simplified routines and ensuring continuous improvement through the use of basic digital tools can help increase traceability, accountability and efficiency.
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interviews
Holidays across Acasus
By Lotti Timári
On 22 December 2020
Easter preparations in Ethiopia? Bread pudding in Pakistan? New year's Eve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Find out how our diverse team celebrates favorite holidays around Africa, the Middle East and Europe!
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interviews
Women's Roundtable
By Lotti Timári
On 30 November 2020
What are the challenges for female professionals in different developing countries? Five incredible women working on creating a huge impact in health and education, share stories about their experiences and the situation about gender equality in their societies.
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interviews
Interview with Christelle Mputu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
By Lotti Timári
On 22 September 2020
Read the interview to find out more about the current situation of the pandemic and get to know the projects we are working on.
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interviews
Interview with Bahman Shahi from Afghanistan
By Lotti Timári
On 03 August 2020
Read the interview to find out more about the current situation in the country and get to know the projects we are working on.
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interviews
Interview with Jahangir Bazai Khan from Pakistan
By Lotti Timári
On 30 June 2020
Read the interview to find out more about the current situation of the pandemic and get to know the projects we are working on.
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interviews
Interview with Kirobel Begashaw from our team in Ethiopia
By Dora Forgacs
On 02 June 2020
Read the interview to find out more about the projects we are working on.
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Education
The science of detecting false data
By Fenton Whelan
On 19 November 2019
Leaders of health and education systems often rely on datasets that are inaccurate or incomplete.
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Education
Making Incentive Funds Work
By Fenton Whelan & Amine El Mourid
On 24 September 2019
Many organizations use ‘funds’ to catalyze change. A few tricks can boost their effectiveness.
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Education
Case for intervention in private schools
By Fenton Whelan, Jonny Barty & Max Balestra
On 05 August 2019
Large numbers of children in developing countries attend private rather than government schools.
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Public Health
Building on what’s worked to transform health and education in Nigeria
By Will Anderson
On 20 May 2019
Many reform efforts continue the status quo or apply radical solutions to common problems. In our experience the best approach is far simpler - understand what’s already working and use those insights to improve the system.
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Delivery
Shining the spotlights on solutions
By Fenton Whelan
On 20 May 2019
Focusing on solutions is far more powerful than focusing on problems.
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Delivery
Using rankings to incentivise performance improvements
By Fenton Whelan & Will Anderson
On 26 April 2019
Rankings can drive big improvements in performance. They can also generate disagreements and gaming. Understanding the nuances of ranking systems is key to using them effectively.
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Public Health
Driving demand for safer births in Pakistan
By Bilal Khan & Will Anderson
On 19 April 2019
In North West Pakistan Acasus has been supporting the government to rapidly increase the utilization of recently upgraded public health services. Four strategies in combination are achieving strong results.
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Delivery
Strengthening school leadership to improve education in Peru
By Fenton Whelan and Richelle George
On 20 March 2019
Improving school leadership is critical to raising educational outcomes.
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Delivery
The hard bits: Where can experts and donors make a difference?
By Fenton Whelan
On 19 March 2019
How change really happens on the ground.
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عربي
استخدام دليفري لإطلاق الإصلاحات
الكاتب ريشل جورج
يوم ٢٩ يناير (كانون الثاني) ٢٠١٩
إطلاق الإصلاحات ليس سهلاً ؛ و لكن دليفري يستطيع المساعدة
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عربي
سبعة أفكار من أجل مدارس أفضل
الكاتب فنتن ويلان
يوم ١٨ يناير (كانون الثاني) ٢٠١٩
لماذا لا تزداد إنتاجية المدارس كما هو الحال في العالم بأكمله؟
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عربي
لماذا لا تساهم الفصول الدراسية الصغيرة في تحسين التعلم
الكاتب فنتن ويلان
يوم ١٨ يناير (كانون الثاني) ٢٠١٩
إن استخدام الفصول الدراسية الصغيرة يعني عددًا أكبر من المعلمين ، وهو ما يعني دائمًا قدرًا أقل من التعلم.
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عربي
القسائم و المدارس الخاصة منخفضة التكلفة
الكاتب فنتن ويلان
يوم ١٨ يناير (كانون الثاني) ٢٠١٩
عندما يتم التنفيذ بعناية ، فإن توفير قسائم للأطفال ليتمكنوا من الالتحاق بمدرسة خاصة منخفضة التكلفة يمكن أن يزيد من إمكانية حصولهم على التعليم.
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Delivery
A Guide to Setting Targets
By Fenton Whelan
On 03 January 2019
Targets are an essential element of a delivery effort, though they need to be defined and used carefully.
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Education
Vouchers and low-cost private schools
By Fenton Whelan
On 03 January 2019
When implemented carefully, providing children with vouchers to attend low-cost private school can raise access and learning.
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Education
7 Big ideas for better schools
By Fenton Whelan
On 19 December 2018
The world’s productivity is improving. But why aren’t schools?
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Delivery
Using Delivery to launch reform
By Richelle George
On 14 December 2018
Launching reform isn’t easy; Delivery can help.
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Education
Why smaller classes sizes don’t improve learning
By Fenton Whelan and Richelle George
On 10 December 2018
Smaller class sizes mean more teachers, which almost always means less learning.
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عربي
تعزيز التدخل التكنولوجي
الكاتب فنتن ويلان و إيما هاناي
يوم ٢٦ نوفمبر (تشرين ثاني) ٢٠١٨
تطوير التكنولوجيا القادرة على إيجاد حلول; أربعة نصائح لتحسين التدخل التكنولوجي في الدول النامية. تقدم التكنولوجيا إمكانات هائلة لتطوير خدمات القطاع العام في الدول النامية.
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Français
Explorer les trois éléments essentiels pour vacciner plus d'enfants
Par Will Anderson & Daniela Amura
Le 21 novembre 2018
Tout ce qui est nécessaire est un vaccin, un vaccinateur et des bénéficiaires, la combinaison de ces éléments est le défi.
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عربي
تحقيق مكاسب سريعة للنواتج الصحية في خيبر بختونخوا
الكاتب سيد أكبر
يوم ٢١ نوفمبر (تشرين ثاني) ٢٠١٨
كيف تساهم الإجراءات الروتينية للإدارة في إنجاح تطبيق الإصلاحات الصحية في خيبر بختونخوا
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Delivery
Why not to build a Delivery Unit
By Fenton Whelan & Will Anderson
On 17 September 2018
“Delivery” is a set of approaches, tools, and guidelines used to help governments improve implementation.
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Public Health
The fastest increase in immunization coverage ever recorded
By Fenton Whelan
On 06 September 2018
A glimpse into how 4000 smartphones transformed immunization monitoring in Punjab, Pakistan.
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Public Health
Exploring the three essential elements to vaccinate more children
By Will Anderson & Daniela Amura
On 30 August 2018
All that is required is a vaccine, vaccinator and beneficiaries, combining these elements is the challenge.
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Careers
Amine in the DRC
By Daniela Amura & Amine El Mourid
On 28 August 2018
“The work is highly challenging but incredibly rewarding - the strong implementation focus means I get to directly see the impact of my work”
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Delivery
When Delivery does not work
By Fenton Whelan & Will Anderson
On 16 August 2018
Our research has discovered the seven main reasons why Delivery fails.
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Français
Quand Delivery ne fonctionne pas
Par Fenton Whelan & Will Anderson
Le 14 août 2018
Delivery est une approche pour aider les gouvernements à améliorer la mise en œuvre.
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عربي
عندما لا ينجح (Delivery ) في إنجاز العمل
الكاتب ويل اندرسون و فنتن ويلان
يوم ١٠ أغسطس (آب) ٢٠١٨
اكتشف الباحثون ان هناك الاسباب الرئسية لفشل الديليفري
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Delivery
The power of granular data systems
By Will Anderson & Jonny Barty
On 08 August 2018
How granular data monitoring systems provide a platform for better decision making.
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عربي
قوة أنظمة البيانات التفصيلية
الكاتب ويل أندرسون
يوم ١٩ يوليو( تموز) ٢٠١٨
كيف توفر أنظمة البيانات التفصيلية منبرا لاتخاذ القرار بطريقة أفضل
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عربي
المراقبة المستقلة هي سبب هام للتطور الكبير في المرافق الصحية في منطقة بنجاب الباكستانية
الكاتب فنتن ويلان
يوم ١٠ يوليو( تموز) ٢٠١٨
كيف ساهم فريق المراقبة المستقلة في تمكين الحكومة من تسريع التطورات في المرافق الصحية.
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Français
La surveillance indépendante a considérablement amélioré les établissements de santé du Pendjab, au Pakistan
Par Fenton Whelan
Le 14 mai 2018
Comment une équipe de surveillance indépendante a aidé à transformer la capacité du gouvernement à améliorer rapidement les établissements de santé.
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Reports
Setting a New Pace: How Punjab, Pakistan achieved unprecedented improvements in public health outcomes
By Fenton Whelan & Will Anderson
On 11 April 2018
Big wins for public health in Punjab, Pakistan.
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Public Health
Quick wins for health outcomes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
By Syed Akber & Will Anderson
On 29 March 2018
How management routines are helping to successfully implement public health reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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Public Health
How granular data helped improve skilled birth attendance in Punjab, Pakistan
By Fenton Whelan, Will Anderson & Akif Malik
On 20 March 2018
Leveraging existing monitoring systems to rapidly collect useful data for governments.
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Public Health
Independent monitoring dramatically improved health facilities in Punjab, Pakistan
By Fenton Whelan
On 08 March 2018
How an independent monitoring team helped transform the Government’s ability to rapidly improve health facilities.
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Public Health
Outsourcing emergency services in Punjab, Pakistan
By Shaheryar Manzar & Will Anderson
On 01 March 2018
How Punjab saves lives with a dedicated maternal and child health ambulance service.
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Français
Utiliser la technologie mobile pour améliorer rapidement les écoles et les établissements de santé
Par Joseph Marsico & Will Anderson
Le 21 février 2018
La technologie mobile peut jouer un rôle essentiel dans l'amélioration rapide et efficace des écoles et des établissements de santé.
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Delivery
Using mobile technology to rapidly improve schools & health facilities
By Joseph Marsico & Will Anderson
On 21 February 2018
Mobile technology can play a vital role in rapid and effective improvements of schools and health facilities.
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عربي
استخدام تكنولوجيا الهواتف المحمولة للتسريع في تحسين المدارس والمرافق الصحية
الكاتب ويل أندرسون و جوزف مارسيكو
يوم ٢١ يناير (كانون الثاني) ٢٠١٨
يمكن أن تلعب تكنولوجيا الهواتف المحمولة دورا هاما في التحسين السريع و الفعال للمدارس والمرافق الصحية.
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Delivery
Energising tech interventions
By Joseph Marsico & Will Anderson
On 17 November 2017
Developing technology that delivers results; Four tips to enhance technology interventions in developing countries.
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Public Health
Nomadic communities and immunisation
By Emma Hannay
On 04 October 2017
Getting a step ahead of nomadic communities; five tips to increase immunisation coverage
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Reports
The Learning Challenge
By Fenton Whelan
On 08 April 2014
Almost all of the world’s children are in school, but more than half are learning very little. For the first time in human history, we know what to do about it.
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Reports
Lessons Learned: How good policies produce better schools
By Fenton Whelan
On 01 July 2013
An emerging science of how to improve schools is emerging. This book summarizes what we know so far about how to improve schools.
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Reports
The Good News from Pakistan
By Michael Barber
On 02 March 2013
Sir Michael Barber describes pioneering work in Pakistan to improve the school system in the province of Punjab. This report was published by Reform, an independent, non-party think tank.
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