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GAVI To Fund Immunization Programs

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this http://crossfitabf.com/wp-admin/includes/screen.php geneva;”>Head of GAVI mission in Africa, malady Dr. Maryse Dugue said the funding will go towards Immunization Systems Support (ISS) and Health Systems Strengthening (HSS). “Immunization is one of the key childhood survival strategies that the sector undertakes to reduce child mortality,” emphasized Dugue.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between GAVI and Ministry of Health and the conclusion of the second GAVI mission to the country that has been reviewing the Financial Management Systems and Structure before disbursement of funds.

According to Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, GAVI has also committed over USD $22m for vaccines and related supplies to support the country during the introduction of Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) in April this year. Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine against diarroahea and HPV vaccine against cervical cancer will start in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“These funds will support the Ministry to construct a new State of the Art Vaccine Store in Kampala to act as a national store for vaccines and eight regional cold storage hubs at regional referral hospitals of Arua, Gulu, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Mbarara, Hoima and Fort Portal.

These hubs will help bring vaccines closer to the people, improve stock outs and maintenance of the cold chain,” she said.

Aceng added that these funds will support construction of 20 medicine stores in the new districts of Agago, Albetong, Amudat, Buhweju, Buikwe, Bukwa, Bulisa, Isingiro, Kibuku, Luuka, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Nakaseke, Namutuba, Ngora, Ntoroko, Rubirizi, Sheema, Zombo and Nakapiripirit.

She said also new staff houses will be constructed in 13 districts with hard to reach areas including Bugiri, Bulambuli, Bundibugyo, Kalagala, Buvuma, Kanungu, Kasese, Kibaale, Kisoro, Mayuge, Mukono, Namayinga and Wakiso.

“GAVI support will go towards the procurement of 10 motorized boats for districts in islands to help in the transportation of health workers, patients, vaccines and medical supplies.

The districts will receive vehicles, motorcycles to easy the movement of vaccines, related supplies and health personnel who carry out vaccination,” said Aceng.

The Ministry of Health is Optimistic that with the new funding, there will be an increase in the immunization coverage and therefore appeals to the public to routinely take their children for vaccination to avoid the killer diseases.

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