We work to keep vaccines cool; in the narrow range of 0º to 8ºC they require to remain potent. Whenever a parent takes a child to be immunized, we want to be sure we have kept our part of the bargain. Ensuring this performance demands technically robust systems and quality control and management.
We have installed the greatest concentration1 and the largest number2 of solar refrigerators in Nigeria since the first in 2002 donated by Rotary International to the National Programme on Immunization.
As responsibility for the procurement of equipment devolves to local governments and communities, we have launched three catalytic initiatives to ensure that our societies develop the skills, knowledge and quality standards to sustain progressive large-scale projects.
These three pivotal projects lever on the work of Nigeria’s immunisation programme, which is “reaching out to more children in more wards and districts more often than any other programme”, to make a real difference in a short space of time:
Capacity Building – to develop the skills and knowledge for a quality national maintenance and distribution network, in partnership with industry, private-sector enterprises, universities, polytechnics, foundations, NGOs and individuals.
Solar Enterprise Incubators – expansion and replication of our industry linkage with the University of Maiduguri.
Performance Monitoring – international collaboration with Knowledge Exchange Network Ltd (United Kingdom) and international universities to establish a database, and monitor the performance, of solar vaccine refrigeration systems in West Africa.
1 477 sites in Kebbi State.
2 Benue 43, Borno 54, Cross River 36, FCT 9, Kebbi 477, Kwara 32, Nassarawa 23, Rivers 46 as at 29 May 2007.