UNICEF and the Ministry of Health have inaugurated the first Methodological Consultative Vaccination Centre in the Republic of Moldova

14 May 2024
UNICEF și Ministerul Sănătății au inaugurat primul Centru Consultativ Metodologic de Vaccinare în  Republica Moldova
UNICEF/Moldova/ Bogoș

14 May 2024, Chisinau: Children from Moldova, including refugees from Ukraine, now have better access to immunization. The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has established a Methodological Consultative Vaccination Centre within the Mother and Child Institute.

In addition to ensuring the vaccination of children across the country, including those who may have missed specific vaccine doses and refugees from Ukraine, the mission of the centre is to inform parents about the importance of vaccination and enhance the capacities of healthcare workers to reduce morbidity and mortality rates caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. Moreover, the centre's team will identify and address gaps in children's immunization, organise national seminars to tackle challenges in this domain and develop research programmes involving medical institutions from Moldova and abroad.

The centre's building has been renovated and equipped with all the necessary equipment to ensure the documentation, examination, vaccination, and monitoring of children during the vaccination process. Investments in repair and equipment amounted to approximately 750,000 lei, financial resources allocated from the budget of the Mother and Child Institute and UNICEF.

By 2027, the Ministry of Health aims to achieve a national vaccination coverage rate of up to 95%, a goal outlined in the National Vaccination Programme 2023 - 2027. Vaccination saves millions of lives globally. At least 350 deaths and 42 thousand cases of vaccine-preventable diseases are avoided annually in the Republic of Moldova due to immunization. 

UNICEF is working in partnership with authorities and the WHO to strengthen the national immunization system and improve routine immunization coverage, which was 86% in 2020. In this context, UNICEF annually procures approximately 1.2 million doses of vaccines for routine vaccination of children, as well as refrigerators to expand the vaccine storage capacity. In 2021, UNICEF purchased 432 refrigerators and freezers for medical institutions in Moldova.

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