Government of Japan and UNICEF handover refrigerated vehicles for vaccine transport to Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste

17 February 2022
Government of Japan and UNICEF handover refrigerated vehicles for vaccine transport to Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2022/Monemnasi

Dili, 17 February 2022 – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) handed over three refrigerated vehicles for vaccine transport to the Ministry of Health and SAMES today. The vehicles were handed over by Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Mr Masami Kinefuchi and Deputy Representative of UNICEF, Ainhoa Jaureguibeitia, to H.E Vice Minister of Health, Sr Bonifacio Maucoli dos Reis at the SAMES compound in Dili.

“The Ministry of Health is able to ensure the smooth rollout of all vaccination campaigns because of the long-term support of UNICEF and its partnership with Japan and other donors who have helped set up and strengthen the cold chain system, train health workers and support the rollout of immunization processes,” said H.E Vice Minister of Health, Sr Bonifacio Maucoli dos Reis.

The Government of Japan and UNICEF have also provided and are now helping install walk-in cold rooms at all regional warehouses in Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro Municipalities and the Special Administrative Region of Oecusse. The provision of refrigerated vehicles and walk-in cooler and freezer rooms with its accessories are critical for safe vaccine storage and timely vaccine distribution to the municipalities and health facilities. 

“The storage of vaccines for both the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and routine immunization programme at the right temperature and getting them safely from the manufacturer to health facilities is a critical component in keeping people safe from vaccine preventable diseases,” said Ainhoa Jaureguibeitia, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Timor-Leste. “By helping plan, source, set up and support the establishment of these systems and rollout of campaigns, UNICEF is happy to be able to play a key role in contributing to a reduction in the impact of vaccine preventable diseases on children and families.”

“We are pleased to see the vaccine rollout going smoothly in Timor-Leste. We believe the vaccination is the key to end this difficult situation and to lead the quick economic recovery. We hope the refrigerated vehicles handed over today will help bring the vaccine shots to people’s arms in all corners of Timor-Leste and help bring healthier and safer lives for them.”, said Mr Masami Kinefuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste.   

As part of its broader support to strengthening the health system in Timor-Leste, UNICEF has helped expand logistics and cold chain capacity at the national and sub national levels, including purchasing and supporting the Ministry of Health increase vaccine storage capacity and install ultra-cold temperature freezers at SAMES, training of health workers and technicians to maintain systems and supporting monitoring and supportive supervision actions. 


For more information, please contact:
Ministry of Health:

Ivo Freitas, Head of Pillar 2, COVID-19 response (Tetun and English): 
Phone: +670 77230143
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; (Tetun)

Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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