UNICEF and Canada contribute to the digitization of the health information system in the Central African Republic

UNICEF and Canada have handed over 40 computers to the Ministry of Health and Population to help improve the management of vaccine and medicine stocks across the country

15 February 2024
The Director of the Ministry's Cabinet inspects the desktop, accompanied by the UNICEF Deputy Representative for Programmes
UNICEF CAR/2024/Nzengue
The Director of the Ministry's Cabinet inspects the desktop, accompanied by the UNICEF Deputy Representative for Programmes

Bangui (Central African Republic), 15 February 2024 - UNICEF handed over this Thursday 40 computers, funded by the Government of Canada, to the Ministry of Health and Population. These computers, valued at FCFA 50 million, will help improve the management of vaccine and medicine stocks at central, regional and district levels, as well as the strengthening and digitizing of the collection and processing of health-related data. 

Speaking at the event, the Representative of the Minister of Health and Population, the Director of the Ministry's Cabinet, Dr Marius Dandy, thanked the partners who "support the government's efforts to strengthen the immune systems of Central African children through their various interventions".

"By making vaccines available to children, it is useful for the government to be able to track these vaccines so as to have reliable data for a better analysis of the health situation in the country. That’s why we are happy to be receiving the computers this morning, donated by UNICEF and the Canadian government," he said.

For his part, UNICEF Deputy Representative for Programme, Mr Abdoulaye Seye, thanked Canada for its support to the health system in the Central African Republic, applauding the government's efforts in this regard: "The support of our partners such as the Canadian Government in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed significantly to strengthening the supply chain and also the collection and analysis of quality logistical information in the country. These partnerships, combined with the Ministry's endeavors, have enabled a gradual improvement in the immunization coverage among children, rising from 86% in 2022 to 89% in 2023."

Thanks to UNICEF's financial partners, such as Canada, more than 3 million people aged 15 and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine (49%), of whom 2,448,689 have been fully vaccinated (39%) and 366,221 have received booster doses (15%). More than 750 vaccinators were trained in vaccine administration, and a total of 120 solar-powered refrigerators for storing medicines were supplied to the various districts.

UNICEF handed over this Thursday 40 computers, funded by the Government of Canada, to the Ministry of Health and Population
UNICEF CAR/2024/Nzengue
UNICEF handed over this Thursday 40 computers, funded by the Government of Canada, to the Ministry of Health and Population

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