Japan grants US$3.2 million to UNICEF to boost immunization of children in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 10 December 2020

UNICEF Haiti/2020

Port-au-Prince, December 10, 2020 - The Government of Japan has granted UNICEF 3.2 million US dollars equaling nearly 341 million Japanese yen. This donation from the people of Japan is to fund the "Strengthening the Routine Expanded Programme on Immunization" project. Japan also offered to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) a 10 cubic meter cold storage room.

The main objective of this donation is to contribute to the survival of vulnerable families in Haiti, by reducing the morbidity and mortality due to measles and rubella, from 2020 to 2022. The activities specifically extend across the country with a focus on remote communities and will be carried out in collaboration with the MSPP, the World Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO), partner NGOs, community organizations, civil society and community health workers. The cold storage room will serve 240 health institutions and cover the needs of 37% of the population in good quality vaccines.

In his speech, the Japanese Ambassador to Haiti MIZUNO Mitsuaki stressed: “I take this opportunity to commend UNICEF’s commitment vis-à-vis Haiti in supporting vulnerable communities and government institutions in the sector of health and that of child protection.”

This generous contribution and this high-performance equipment will help optimize the storage and distribution of vaccines, by mainly using solar energy to power the cold chain. Community mobilization will also be strengthened in order to encourage parents to complete the immunization schedule for their children. Consequently, the vaccination coverage rate will increase, especially in urban and most remote areas.

 “Since 2016, Japan has become a major partner in the immunization of children in Haiti, and we thank the Japanese people for their continued support “With this donation, UNICEF will continue to support the Haitian government to achieve Universal Health Coverage by lowering the morbidity and mortality rates of children, to enable them to reach their full potential,” declared Bruno MAES, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.