USAID funds UNICEF’s provision of cold chain equipment and lighting kits to the Ministry of Health and Population

12 July 2023
L'ambassadrice des États-Unis inspectant le réfrigérateur de la chaîne de froid © UNICEF CAR/2023/MOUSSA
UNICEF CAR/2023/MOUSSA
L'ambassadrice des États-Unis inspectant le réfrigérateur de la chaîne de froid

Bangui, Central African Republic; 12 July 2023- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded cold chain equipment and lighting kits worth more than 1 billion CFA francs handed over to the Ministry of Health and Population by UNICEF to boost vaccination coverage in the Central African Republic.

In the presence of the United States Ambassador, H.E Patricia Mahoney, the USAID Regional Director, Mr. John Dunlop, and the UNICEF Deputy Representative, Mr. Abdoulaye Seye, the Health and Population Minister, Dr Pierre Somsé, received 150 solar refrigerators and 150 lighting kits for health facilities in health regions 2 and 3.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Minister thanked USAID for its ongoing support to strengthen the health system in the Central African Republic (CAR): "The cooperation between the United States and the Central African Republic, through our partner UNICEF, in the field of health is making a huge difference in the lives of Central African women and children and bringing us one step closer to our goal of significantly reducing infant and maternal mortality."    

Mr. Dunlop said: "We are delighted that, thanks to USAID, thousands of mothers, children and other people living in vulnerable conditions now have and will have access to better health services that are vital to their survival and protection from diseases. With this new support from USAID, cold chain coverage is increased by 22% at the national level, and by 40% in specific health regions 2 and 3."

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Le ministre de la Santé et de la population recevant les kits d’éclairage, remis par le Directeur Régional de USAID © UNICEF CAR/2023/MOUSSA
UNICEF CAR/2023/MOUSSA
Le ministre de la Santé et de la population recevant les kits d’éclairage, remis par le Directeur Régional de USAID

During his speech, UNICEF Deputy Representative underlined the importance of this donation: "This new cold chain equipment is the cutting edge of the currently available technology and operates using direct solar energy, without batteries. The integrated lighting kit connects the refrigerator to a solar generator, making it possible to use the excess electricity from high-efficiency solar panels. As a result, there will be less risk for women to give birth in the dark, as the lights will always be on in the health facilities in health regions 2 and 3.”    

"Thanks to the support of partners like USAID, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health, we are working to ensure that our Central African children can grow up, play and learn, while protected from preventable diseases," he added.

The equipment delivered to the Ministry yesterday complements the 30 solar refrigerators and 60 isothermal boxes delivered in 2022 and installed in the health facilities in Health Region 6 with the support of the U.S. government.

About USAID

USAID is the international development agency of the United States Government. USAID’s Health Office works to support national, provincial and local level health programming that aims to improve the survival, well-being and productivity of populations by reducing the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, addressing the main causes of maternal and child illness and deaths, improving nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and supporting Global Health Security issues.

For more information, please contact:

USAID regional Development Outreach and Communications team, kinshasadoc@usaid.gov

Salwa Moussa, Chief of Communications & Advocacy, UNICEF Central African Republic, Phone: +236 70 00 97 06, samoussa@unicef.org

Media contacts

Salwa Moussa
Chief of Advocacy & Communication
UNICEF Central African Republic
Tel: +236 70 00 97 06

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