Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to store vital medical equipment and material in the central warehouse of the Expanded Immunization Program in Kinkole
KINSHASA, August 25, 2020 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has signed a key agreement with the Ministry of Health to store material and equipment in the central warehouse of the Extended Immunization Program (EPI) in Kinkole. The MoU was agreed two weeks after a devastating fire destroyed the main UNICEF warehouse in central Kinshasa.
It is hoped the partnership will enable UNICEF to ensure continuity of supplies, so that services and commodities that are vital for improving the health, education, safety and wellbeing of children are stored and shipped to the most insecure provinces.
The MoU provides UNICEF with 1,700 metres of dry storage space - fifty percent of the site’s capacity will be used to stockpile emergency supplies for children and vulnerable people. UNICEF and its partners are determined to strengthen the supply and logisitics capacity of the warehouse and ensure the better management of stock through half-yearly inventories and regular verification checks.
The Kinkole warehouse is located 40 km from central Kinshasha - it is fully up-to-date and has the latest generation of cold storage rooms, inaugurated in October 2018. They are the largest of their kind in central Africa that are supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance also plays a vital role in strengthening the "cold chain", the system by which vaccines can be made available to remote areas throughout the country.
The 7 August fire in Kinshasa destroyed a huge stock of UNICEF’s equipment, in addition to the destruction of the UN agency’s warehouse. Fortunately, no-one was killed or injured.
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