JAPAN PROVIDES 2.2 MILLION US DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT FOR EXPANSION OF THE COLD CHAIN
On 19 July 2013, H. E. Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia and Dr. Iyorlumum J. Uhaa, UNICEF Country Representative for Zambia, signed an Exchange of Notes for Grant Aid for the Project for Expanding of the Cold Chain. The grant amount is 221 million Japanese Yen, or equivalent to approximately 2.2 million US Dollars or 10 million Zambian Kwacha.
Targeted at the promotion of child health through improved access to quality and effective immunization against Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs), it is envisaged that the capacity of health centres to immunize children will be strengthened significantly through the Project. Under this Project, a total of 570 refrigerators will be procured: 520 will be supplied to the health facility level and 50 to the district level. In addition, 500 cold boxes will be provided to the health facility level. The Project will also include skills transfer in equipment maintenance.
As a result of this expansion of the cold chain system, 550,000 newly born children will be vaccinated and protected against VPDs annually by 2015. This Project will make a significant contribution to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, that is, reduction of child mortality in Zambia.
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