The Clinton Health Access Initiative has started a pilot programme through which health centres, hospitals and medical dispensaries in the remote areas of the Tanzania are to be supplied with newly invented Solar Direct Drive Fridges to help in National Immunization Programmes.
Started at the remote Nainokanoka Health Centre in the deep wildlife infested Ngorongoro Division, the Clinton Health Access Initiative seeks to install such technological SDD Medical Refrigerators to a total of 15 health centres all over the country, according to the CHAI Resident Director, Dr Esther Mtumbuka.
“These are specially made fridges powered directly by the sun without the need for rechargeable batteries and are to be used for storing medicinal drugs, sterilization equipment and other inputs used for immunization services especially outreach programmes in remote villages,” she stated during the initial handover ceremony.
“In association with Immunization and Vaccine Department (IVD), the Clinton Health Access Initiative is working to improve the National Immunisation Programme cold chain management programmes through innovations including reinforcing cold chain management systems,” explained Dr Mtumbuka.
She said that in order to increase the effectiveness of the system, the CHAI has trained 167 Immunization Services Coordinators in the Districts, as well as equipping each of them with a portable (laptop) computer.
Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children who graced the occasion, thanked the Bill Clinton founded Health Initiative and pointed out that, Ngorongoro District, with its vast 14,000 square kilometres was larger than the entire Kilimanjaro Region which measures 13,200 kilometres square.