UNICEF hands over Cold Chain equipment to the Ministry of Health for Vaccine Management
DILI, 30 May 2018: UNICEF hands over cold chain equipment to the Ministry of Health for efficient vaccine management. The equipment includes solar refrigerators, freezers for vaccines; ice line refrigerators; temperature monitoring devices, cold boxes, vaccine carriers; voltage stabiliser and other supportive equipment worth around US$ 250,000 including shipment cost.
Valerie Taton, UNICEF Representative, handed over the equipment to Dr. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, MPH, Executive Director and President of Council of Director, SAMES I.P., Timor-Leste in the presence of Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, Minister of State and Minister of Health.
“This equipment will contribute to ensuring efficient vaccine management at all levels including health post,” said Dr Rui during the handover. “It is important to reach each child in Timor-Leste with a quality vaccine to ensure better health.”
“Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them against disease,” says UNICEF Representative Valerie Taton.
“Almost one-quarter of deaths among children under 5 years of age are preventable by vaccine. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health investments we can make for future generations.
“I believe the equipment will enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Health to ensure proper vaccine management and contribute to improved immunisation service delivery, so that every child in Timor-Leste receives quality vaccines,” Valerie continues while thanking the GAVI- the Vaccine Alliance, for its generous support.
The initiative is part of the capacity strengthening of all health facilities nationwide with functional, effective vaccine management at all levels under the Ministry of Health supported by GAVI. This cold chain equipment will be placed to 162 health facilities including 60 health posts which do not have cold chain equipment.
UNICEF along with other partners is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure vaccination of all children in Timor-Leste. This equipment will contribute to the upcoming Measles, Rubella and Polio immunisation campaign starting from 1st July to 15th July 2018.
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