UNICEF and Gavi donate IT and waste management equipment to the Ministry of Health worth $3.2 million to strengthen Uzbekistan’s immunisation programme

17 November 2023
UNICEF
UNICEF

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN – November 17, 2023 – UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, today announced support of over 3.2 million USD to the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan

The Gavi support   combines equipment and waste management resources provided across Uzbekistan. The donated IT equipment, which includes 3,000 tablets and 221 remote temperature monitoring systems will be instrumental in modernising the immunization programme in Uzbekistan. By digitizing the programme, the Ministry of Health will enable effective tracking of vaccine coverage, monitor vaccine supply chains, and improve overall immunization management.

In addition to the IT equipment, UNICEF and Gavi provided waste management equipment and annual supplies for 28 healthcare facilities in Andijan, Namangan, Jizzakh, Surkhandarya, Syrdarya regions of Uzbekistan, as well as the Republican Research Centre of Emergency Medicine in Tashkent City to support the Ministry of Health in their efforts to strengthen the healthcare system.

The latest support is a culmination of synergy between UNICEF and GAVI efforts to foster sustainable and equitable systems for immunization, building a resilient health workforce and building public trust and confidence in immunization.

Over the last 5 years GAVI has supported UNICEF with over USD 28 million  

“It is commendable to note that more than 8,000 vaccination workers will be able to timely access vaccination records and identify the target population. I take the opportunity to congratulate all implementing partners for introducing and implementing the digital and climate-resilient waste management technologies,” said Jan Castilhos Franca, Gavi’s Senior Country Portfolio Manager for Uzbekistan.

Proper waste management is essential for ensuring the overall quality and safety of the immunization programme in Uzbekistan.

"We are proud to support the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan as they work to strengthen their immunization programme," said Geoffrey Ijumba, Acting Representative of UNICEF in Uzbekistan. "By donating this essential IT equipment and waste management resources, we are helping to ensure that every child in Uzbekistan has access to life-saving vaccines and is protected from preventable diseases."

The digitalization of the immunization programme in Uzbekistan, coupled with improved waste management practices, will help to address equity gaps in vaccine coverage and improve data quality and reporting. This will enable the Ministry of Health to make more informed decisions about vaccine distribution and ensure that all children, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status, have access to essential vaccines and safe healthcare services.

"We are grateful for the support of UNICEF and Gavi in modernizing our immunization programme," said Bakhodir Yusupaliev, Head of Republican Committee for Sanitary Epidemiological Wellbeing and Public Health under the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan. "This donation of IT equipment and waste management resources will enable us to better manage our vaccine supply chain, track vaccine coverage, and ultimately improve the health outcomes of children in Uzbekistan."

UNICEF and Gavi remain committed to supporting the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan as they work towards achieving universal immunization coverage and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life. This donation of IT equipment and waste management resources is just one part of their ongoing efforts to strengthen healthcare systems and improve access to essential vaccines for children around the world.

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About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 981 million children – and prevented more than 16.2 million future deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningococcal and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation, above all the zero-dose children who have not received even a single vaccine shot. The Vaccine Alliance employs innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency.

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For media queries please contact:

Maftuna Saidova

Head of Information Department

Committee on Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health of Uzbekistan

Phone: +99899 8412590

maftuna.saidova@sanepid.uz

Umidjon Khudaykulov

UNICEF Uzbekistan

Immunization Officer

Phone: +99893 5509775

ukhudaykulov@unicef.org

 

Nargiza Egamberdieva

UNICEF Uzbekistan

Communication Officer

UNICEF Uzbekistan

Phone: +99893 380 34 19

negamberdieva@unicef.org

 

Media contacts

Nargiza Egamberdieva
Communication Officer
UNICEF Uzbekistan
Tel: +99893 380 34 19

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