August 9, 2012
Cold Chain vaccination sites Honduras

Getting lifesaving vaccines to people who need them requires more than just donated medicines.

As part of the initiative to vaccinate over 675,000 vulnerable people in Honduras against pneumococcal infections, Project HOPE staff  in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Honduras has helped transport and install refrigerators and solar panels to vaccination sites in  some of the most remote and isolated regions of Honduras.

“We have been visiting vaccination sites  to monitor the health facilities, health workers and refrigeration equipment involved with the vaccination initiative to ensure that the vaccines will be received, stored and ultimately applied exactly per the manufacturer’s instructions,” says Mike Eshleman, HOPE’s Regional Logistics Manager.

Installing solar panels to vaccination sites Honduras

“Pneumococcal vaccines must be kept at a cold temperature until the time of use, that is why it is imperative for Honduras to have a network of refrigeration facilities with access to consistent power, to ensure the cold chain,” adds Eshleman.

One example of the fortifying of the “cold chain” was the recent installation of a solar powered energy and backup system for refrigerators at a central storage facility in the remote Choluteca region where steady and reliable power is nonexistent.

Now people of this region will have access to lifesaving vaccines without having to travel incredibly long distances to seek treatment elsewhere.

Check out this video depicting  the long winding remote roads that HOPE staff must travel to ensure  proper cold chain for  donated vaccines in Honduras.

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