Gates Foundation Awards Grants to Boost Health in Africa

Gates Foundation Awards Grants to Boost Health in Africa

Seattle-based PATH has announced a $15 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of efforts to improve the use of health data in Tanzania.

The grant will support the second phase of the Data Use Partnership, a collaboration between PATH and the government of Tanzania aimed at enhancing the quality and use of health data in the country, with the goal of more effectively allocating supplies and resources and accelerating decision making in response to disease outbreaks. Building on PATH's Better Immunization Data Initiative, DUP will implement the seventeen priority investments outlined in Tanzania's Digital Health Investment Road Map (184 pages, PDF). Created during the first phase of the partnership in collaboration with government agencies and development organizations, the road map's priorities range from building capacity for data collection to expanding digital platforms.

"Tanzania is setting a new standard by which countries generate and use health data," said PATH's digital health director Dykki Settle. "DUP is a great example of a country inviting PATH as a partner of choice to support country planning, ownership, and sustainability of modern health information systems that drive better health outcomes."

The African Independent recently reported that Bill Gates announced a five-year, $350 million commitment for public health in Tanzania during a meeting with President John Magufuli, with a focus on improving maternal health, reducing malnutrition among children, and fighting malaria. In addition, the Gates Foundation recently awarded $10 million to TechnoServe in support of food fortification in Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania, the Cable reports.

"The government of Tanzania has made health data a priority as part of its drive for greater accountability and performance," said Gates. "It has articulated a bold vision, strategy, and policy framework, and has made great progress in establishing innovative information systems in immunization, HIV, and other areas. We believe Tanzania can be a leader in the region, helping its neighbors and all of us understand how to get better at generating and using health data."

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