United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) with the help from Global Alliance on Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) has donated 26 vehicles and 89 motor bikes to the Ministry of Health and Population for the immunization project.
Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lilongwe, Minister responsible Atupele Muluzi said Malawi has received in excess of US$ 272 million from GAVI since 2002.
“Am very grateful for the support we have received from GAVI through UNICEF. This is part of health strengthening and will go a long way in the help of reaching remote areas with regards to immunization programme,” he said.
Muluzi added that despite the country being a leader in immunization programmes in Africa, transportation remains a major challenge.
The Minister viewed that the vehicles and motor vehicles would be deployed to areas where transportation is a challenge.
Senior Country Manager for GAVI, Billie-Jean Niewenhuys said her organization is focused to overcome obstacles and achieve full immunization coverage and equity.
“I would like to commend the government of Malawi for the progress achieved in the health sector, particularly on ensuring that children are protected from vaccine preventable diseases,” she said.
GAVI allocated US$ $41 million for transportation for a period of five years in the immunization programme.