UNICEF and Japan boost Timor-Leste’s vaccine storage capacity

17 September 2021
UNICEF and Japan boost Timor-Leste’s vaccine storage capacity
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2021/Bbenevides

DILI, 17 Setembru 2021-The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Japan handed over four numbers of forty (40) cubic meter walk in cold rooms and freezer rooms and equipment to the Ministry of Health today. This will help expand the cold-chain vaccine storage capacity in regional warehouses in Ainaro, Baucau and Bobonaro municipalities and the Special Administrative Region of Oe’cusse (RAEOA). 

The cold rooms and freezer rooms, voltage stabilizers, 500 fridge tags for temperature monitoring and 20 laptops were handed over at a ceremony held at the SAMES Central Store in Dili. The items were handed over to the Minister of Health, H.E. Dr.Odete Maria Frietas Belo by Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Kinefuchi Masami and UNICEF Representative, Bilal Durrani.

“The storage of vaccines at the right temperature has never been more in focus than in the past two years, but our capacity to store the vaccines and deliver on our vaccination programmes was never in doubt thanks to UNICEF’s support in setting up and maintaining these critical systems over a number of years” said Health Minister, H.E. Dr.Odete Maria Frietas Belo. “The arrival of these cold rooms and freezer rooms will help us improve storage, transport and monitoring of vaccines at regional level.” 

It is the first time that cold-chain storage facilities for vaccines are available at the regional warehouses, enabling regional storage and distribution of vaccines for routine and special vaccination campaigns, reducing transport costs, and ensuring availability of contingency stocks in the regions. The 500 units of 30 day temperature data loggers will enable monitoring of the temperature of the vaccine refrigerators in the health facilities, vaccine carriers and cold boxes and ensure vaccine quality during transportation and vaccination processes. 

“UNICEF’s support to Timor-Leste over the past 20 years has helped ensure a reliable and well-managed cold-chain system that has enabled hundreds of thousands of children in the country to receive their routine vaccines on time and at the health facility closest to them,” said UNICEF Representative, Bilal Durrani. “Now, we are proud to be using our decades-long local and global expertise to expand on this support to Timor-Leste, which in turn will help routine and special vaccination campaigns for all of the population.”

UNICEF, with funding from the Government of Japan, will support SAMES install and test the systems, and train additional technical staff on its maintenance. 

“In order to assist this vaccine deployment, early this year, Japan have decided to extend1.2 million USD Emergency Grant Aid to provide Timor-Leste with cold chain equipment including regional cold-storage facilities through UNICEF. These equipment will be used in regional warehouses and municipalities and will help get those vaccine shots to people’s arms in all corners of Timor-Leste.” said Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Kinefuchi Masami.

The computer equipment would enable national and regional authorities to plan and roll out the COVID-19 and routine immunization campaigns in Timor-Leste. All of the equipment handed over today were purchased with funding from the Government of Japan.

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For more information, contact:
Ministry of Health:
Mr. Raul Sarmento, coordinator of Pillar 2 (Risk Communication and Community Engagement): raulsarmento2@gmail.com

UNICEF:
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; rratnam@unicef.org (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; angomez@unicef.org (Tetun)

Embassy of Japan:
Kazumi Yamada, Councilor, kazumi.yamada@mofa.go.jp; +670-7723-1121
Marlina Gama, Public Relations Advisor, gama.marlina@di.mofa.go.jp
 

Ba informasaun kompletu, kontakta: 
Ministériu Saúde:
Sr. Raul Sarmento, Kordenador Pillar 2 (Komunikasaun ba Risku no Involvimentu Komunidade): raulsarmento2@gmail.com

UNICEF:
Rukshan Ratnam, Espesialita Komunikasaun: +670 77231103; rratnam@unicef.org (Inlês)
Antonio Gomez, Ofisial Komunikasaun: +670 77232441; angomez@unicef.org (Tetun)

Embaixada Japaun:
Kazumi Yamada, Konselleiru, kazumi.yamada@mofa.go.jp; +670-7723-1121
Marlina Gama, Asesora Relasaois Públikas, gama.marlina@di.mofa.go.jp

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UNICEF no Japaun aumenta kapasidade armazenamentu Vasina Timor-Leste 

DILI, 17 Setembru 2021 – Organizasaun Fundu Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF sigla Inglés) no Governu Japaun entrega ona kuatru numerus husi metrus kubikus haat nulu (40) kamiñada ekipamentu kâmaras frigorífiku sira no konjelador ba Ministériu Saúde ohin loron. Ne’e sei ajuda espande kapasidade armazenamentu korente malirin iha armazen rejional iha munisipiu Ainaro, Baucau no Bobonaro no Rejiaun Administrativa Espesial Oecusse Ambeno (RAEOA).

Kâmaras frigorífiku sira no konjelador hirak ne’e, estabilizador voltajen, 500 etiketas ba monitorinzasaun temperatura no laptop hamutuk unidade 20 entrega ona iha seremonia ida hala’o iha Sentru Armazenamentu SAMES iha Dili. Ekipamentu hirak ne’e entrega ona ba Ministra Saúde, S.E. Dra.Odete Maria Freitas Belo husi Embaixador Japaun ba Timor-Leste, Kinefuchi Masami no Reprezentativu UNICEF, Bilal Durrani.

“Armazen vasina ho temperatura loloos iha nivel rejional la hetan atensaun iha tinan rua liu ba. Maske nune’e ita la iha duvida ho kapasidade SAMES nian atu armazena no distribui vasina. Obrigadu ba apoiu hosi UNICEF hodi estabelese no mantein jestaun vasina ne’e, hateten Ministra Saúde, S.E. Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo”. “Liu hosi apoiu ekipamentu korente malirin ne’e Ministeriu Saúde no SAMES mellora liu tan ninia kapasidade armazenamentu no transportasaun iha nivel rejional”.

Ne’e ba dahuluk katak korente malirin nia fasilidade armazenamentu ba vasina disponivel iha armazen rejional, ne’ebé disponibiliza armazenamentu rejional no ninia distribuisaun vasina ba kampaña vasinasaun rutina no espesial, reduz kustu ba transporte, no garante disponibilidade estoke kontijênsia iha rejiaun sira. Data loggers unidade 500 husi temperatura loron 30 sei permiti monitorizasaun husi temperatura refrijerador sira iha fasilidade saúde, porta-vasinas no kaixa malirin no asegura kualidade vasina durante prosesu transportasaun no vasinasaun.

“UNICEF nia apoiu ba Timor-Leste durante tinan 20 ikus ne’e ajuda ona garante sistema korente malirin ne’ebé mak konfiável no jestaun diak ne’ebé mak permiti ona sentenas millares husi labarik sira iha territóriu tomak atu simu sira nia vasina rutina iha tempu loloos no iha fasilidade saúde ne’ebé mak besik liu ho sira,” hateten Reprezentativu UNICEF, Bilal Durrani. “Agora, ami orgullu atu uza ami nia esperênsia lokal no global husi dekada ne’e atu espande apoiu ne’e ba Timor-Leste, ne’ebé sei ajuda kampaña vasinasaun rutina no espesial ba populasaun hotu.”


UNICEF, ho fundu husi Governu Japaun, sei apoia SAMES atu instala no koko sistema hirak ne’e, no treina pesoal tékniku adisional sira kona-ba ninia manutensaun.

“Atu ajuda implementasaun vasina, inísiu tinan ne’e, Japaun deside ona atu estende dolares Amerikanu milaun 1.2 ba Ajuda Emerjênsia atu fornese ba Timor-Leste ho ekipementu korenti malirin inklui fasilidade armazenamentu malirin nivel rejional liu husi UNICEF. Ekipamentu hirak ne’e sei uza iha armazen rejional no munisipiu sira no sei ajuda asegura vasina to’o ba ema hotu iha territóriu Timor-Leste laran tomak,” hateten Embaixador Japaun ba Timor-Leste, Kinefuchi Masami.

Ekipementu komputador sira sei disponibiliza autoridade sira iha nivel nasional no rejional atu halo planu no implementa kampaña imunizasaun COVID-19 no imunizasaun rutina iha Timor-Leste. Ekipamentu hotu entrega ona ohin loron ne’ebé mak sosa uza fundu husi Governu Japaun.

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Ba informasaun kompletu, kontakta: 
Ministériu Saúde:
Sr. Raul Sarmento, Kordenador Pillar 2 (Komunikasaun ba Risku no Involvimentu Komunidade): raulsarmento2@gmail.com

UNICEF:
Rukshan Ratnam, Espesialita Komunikasaun: +670 77231103; rratnam@unicef.org (Inlês)
Antonio Gomez, Ofisial Komunikasaun: +670 77232441; angomez@unicef.org (Tetun)

Embaixada Japaun:
Kazumi Yamada, Konselleiru, kazumi.yamada@mofa.go.jp; +670-7723-1121
Marlina Gama, Asesora Relasaoins Públikas, gama.marlina@di.mofa.go.jp

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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