New Central Vaccine Storage of Mongolia to open with support of UNICEF
UNICEF supports the National Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) to strengthen immunization services in Mongolia and to reduce vaccine preventable diseases in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and WHO. To strengthen the existing EPI cold chain systems and to respond to new threats such as the human pandemic influenza, and introduction of new vaccines, UNICEF provided technical and financial assistance with the generous contribution from the Government of Japan for the construction of a new Central Vaccine Storage (CVS) in Ulaanbaatar.
The new CVS built according to the WHO standards, will increases three times the existing vaccine storage capacity in Mongolia. It is equipped with a stand by generator with auto-switch to ensure continuous power supply for safe storage of vaccines during any power failure. Separate rooms for keeping syringes, freezers and spare parts and spaces for ice pack conditioning and vaccine packing are all built within the CVS. The store has a direct exit to loading area to ensure easy loading and delivery of vaccines to immunization sites.
The store is equipped with Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-free cold rooms, freezers and refrigerators. CFC is toxic gas and contributes to the ozone depletion. To ensure optimal temperature monitoring, a 16-channel multi-log sensors for temperature monitoring are located at different strategic locations of the cold rooms. The sensors are connected to the store keeper’s office to ensure continuous temperature monitoring.
In addition, stabilizers to prevent refrigerator damage due to fluctuation of voltage particularly at soums will be handed over to the MOH along with 1,000 fridge tags and 500 stem thermometers and other monitoring devices.
To further support the national capacity of immunization services in Mongolia, refrigeration truck and a pick-up truck for vaccine delivery and distribution in remote areas will be delivered to the MOH as well.
UNICEF has supported training of NCCD personnel in India to maintain and manage cold chain and vaccines in the country.
Mongolia is now equipped with the state-of-the-art EPI cold room and equipments, which will contribute significantly to the achievement of MDG 4 of reducing child mortality in Mongolia.
UNICEF Mongolia is handing over the new CVS to the Ministry of Health along with 50 ice-lined refrigerators, 250 cold boxes and 1,000 vaccine carriers to be used for aimags and soums at 15.00 hrs on 1 August 2008 at the NCCD Vaccine Storage.