As part of their pledge to support 25 other Asian countries, the Japanese government will be granting P190 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) vaccination rollout here in the Philippines.
UNICEF’s program aims to utilize the funding to provide vaccine cold rooms and solar refrigerators, for storage in approximately 147 health facilities.
Training for around 50 technicians and 300 staff members for the new facilities will also be provided, along with temperature monitoring tools for 2,000 healthcare centers.
Additional program aspects that will benefit from the funds include the creation of immunization policy and procedures, building surveillance and in-country laboratory capacities for the early detection, investigation, and management of vaccine-preventable diseases, and management and strengthening of information management systems.
Koshikawa Kazuhiko, Japanese Ambassador to Manila, gave assurances that the Japanese government would continue to assist the country amidst the ongoing pandemic.
“Counting on the decades of cooperation between Japan and UNICEF particularly here in the Philippines, together, we will continue to provide a helping hand to Filipino children in dire situations due to Covid19. We trust that the strong ties between Japan and the Philippines will be deepened even amid this rapidly changing environment,” Kazuhiko stated.
Meanwhile, UNICEF Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov expressed gratitude to Japan and stressed how “the availability and equitable distribution of vaccines” is integral to curbing the pandemic.
The country is currently experiencing a surge in Covid19 infections that has brought the total number of cases to over 800,000 as of April 5.