The Government of Japan and UNICEF provide equipment worth USD 351,000 for the improvement of the immunization system in Serbia
Belgrade, 23 April 2008
As part of the improvement of the immunization system in Serbia and thanks to the generous donation of the Government of Japan amounting to US$ 351,000, UNICEF has provided necessary equipment for the cold chain in the immunization system. The donation consists of 300 refrigerators and 700 cold boxes with accompanying accessories which will be distributed to all health centers in Serbia.
During the official ceremony with the participation of Dr Svetlana Mijatovic, Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia - Department for Public Health, Dr. Tanja Knezevic, Director of the Institute for Public Health of Serbia and Dr. Dorit Nitzan, WHO Head of Office, the equipment was handed over to the Institute for Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” by the Ambassador of Japan, H.E.Mr. Tadashi Nagai and UNICEF Deputy Representative for Serbia, Ms Maria Luisa Fornara.
The provision of the cold chain includes the correct keeping and transport of the vaccines, one of the most important preconditions for successful vaccination. The assessment of the existing equipment revealed that in the majority of health centers in Serbia the cold chain equipment is either non-existent or very old and out of order. The new equipment will improve the immunization system in the country as well as the quality of the health care of our citizens, specially the youngest ones.
For more information, please contact:
Institute for Public Health of Serbia „Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut“