May 30, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today the United States, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health with cold chain equipment and computers it had urgent need to strengthen the national immunization system of Uzbekistan. The equipment, which includes 671 refrigerators, 212 freezers and 150 computers worth a total of $1.3 million, will strengthen Uzbekistan’s capacity to implement functional and effective vaccine management. This much-needed equipment will be distributed to primary health care facilities across the country.
“The continued partnership between the United States and Uzbekistan is essential in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinating the most vulnerable people, providing emergency supplies, and strengthening economic recovery, and to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to future waves of COVID and other outbreaks,” said USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Änjali Kaur.
This donation is part of USAID’s larger donation totaling $16 million in COVID-19 relief. USAID, through its implementing partner UNICEF, is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure immunization for all children in Uzbekistan. Vaccines and the efficient cold chain technology needed to store and administer them are central elements of Uzbekistan’s strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A functioning cold chain that reaches primary health care facilities is imperative,” said Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “This equipment goes where the Uzbek people get their basic health services. Investing at the primary care level is key to reaching people and children with life-saving vaccines,” he added.
This U.S. donation will help with the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as the upcoming measles and rubella vaccination campaign, scheduled for September 2022. Since the first detected case of COVID-19, the U.S. government has provided the Uzbekistan over $18 million in pandemic relief. This includes both USAID funds and assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and includes more than 7 million vaccines.
USAID is partnering with the government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and build government capacity to meet the needs of population. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan, and USAID’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/USAIDUzbekistan
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special efforts to reach the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work in Uzbekistan, visit www.unicef.uz
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