Tuvalu supported with two 4×4 vehicles to continue its COVID-19 vaccination efforts – Tuvalu

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Funafuti, 30 September 2022 – The Government of Japan and UNICEF have handed over two 4×4 vehicles to the Tuvalu Ministry of Health, Social Welfare and Gender Affairs to bolster COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the countries and protect communities from severe illnesses symptomatic of the virus.

Additionally, the vehicles will also improve the reach of universal healthcare, beyond COVID-19 vaccination.

“The vehicles will be used by the Department of Public Health to support and facilitate its various community immunization outreach programs and COVID-19 immunization activities,” said Lilypeti Faavae, Permanent Secretary and Director General of the Ministry of Health. Health, Welfare and Gender Affairs of Tuvalu. . “On behalf of the Government of Tuvalu, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Gender Affairs appreciates its partnership with the Government of Japan and UNICEF, and would like to once again express its sincere gratitude to them for their continued support during these difficult times.

These vehicles and accessories are in addition to the five Honda motorcycles and helmets that arrived earlier to support the government’s campaign to vaccinate the entire eligible population, strengthening the cold chain management system. The transport will help deliver life-saving vaccines to health facilities and communities across the country, as well as support other operational activities.

“I am happy to say that through this joint UNICEF project, we, Japan, have already provided Tuvalu with five motorcycles, and this time have provided two 4×4 vehicles. The total project contribution of US$9 million is fully funded by the government of Japan. Apart from that, we also provide cold chain equipment such as ultra-low temperature freezers and an ambulance under our bilateral support project worth approximately US$900,000,” Japanese Ambassador to Tuvalu KAWAKAMI Fumihiro said.

“These projects aim to ensure equitable access and rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Tuvalu. From the beginning of 2021, Japan attaches importance to providing cold chain equipment worldwide. This initiative is called “Last One Mile Support” which ensures the delivery of vaccines to vaccination sites so that COVID-19 vaccines reach every person. I believe that these respective multilateral and bilateral cooperation programs of Japan will work in sync to provide tangible assistance to improve Tuvalu’s national COVID-19 response strategies and global health coverage,” the Ambassador added.

Ambassador KAWAKAMI also commended the leadership of the Government of Tuvalu and the individual effort of all Tuvaluans in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, 86% of Tuvalu’s population have received their full COVID-19 vaccination, with 82% having also received a first booster and 17% a second booster.

UNICEF and the government of Japan have worked closely with the government of Tuvalu and other Pacific island countries to help keep the virus at bay among communities. This includes providing technical and financial resources for the roll-out of immunization in the country.

Notes to editors:

This funding is part of larger Japanese emergency assistance of approximately USD 41 million to 25 countries in Southeast and South West Asia and the Pacific (approximately USD 9 million to 10 Pacific island countries) . The 25 countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan , Sri Lanka, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue. , Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

About the Government of Japan:

Japan provides funds (grants, loans, etc.) and technologies useful for “development”, including peacebuilding, governance, promotion of basic human rights and humanitarian aid, in the form of official development assistance (ODA) to eligible countries and regions . ODA includes bilateral aid intended to directly assist developing countries and regions, and multilateral aid, which consists of contributions to international organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP and WHO.

For more information please contact:

Lilypeti T Faavae, CEO, Ministry of Health, Social Welfare and Gender Affairs, Tuvalu, +688 20402/20416, [email protected]

Peni Saurara, Japanese Embassy in Fiji, +679 3304633, [email protected] or [email protected]

Zubnah Khan, UNICEF Pacific, Tel. : +679 9988137, [email protected]

Media contacts

Zubnah Khan
Communication Manager
UNICEF Pacific
Such. : +679 330 0439 ext. 175
Such. : 9988137 Email: [email protected]

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