Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance – through UNICEF on Wednesday donated 26 vehicles and 89 motorcycles to the Ministry of Health and Population in Lilongwe.
The donation which is worth US$41 million is aimed at reaching out to children in hard to reach areas.
Speaking after the handing over ceremony, Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi said the donation has come in time and will assist to reach children both in rural and urban areas in order to protect lives of the future leaders through immunisation.
Muluzi added that since the program of immunisation started in the country, there has been success both at zone and district level and government has been receiving different awards.
“I am very grateful for the support we have received today. Over the years we had numerous challenges to reach hard to reach areas due to inadequate transport and there is a great need to make sure that these vehicles are protected and well taken care of,” he explained.
Gavi is an international organisation which focuses on introducing new vaccines in low income countries to improve immune system of children.
In her remarks, Gavi Senior Country Manager Billie Jean said the relationship between Malawi and Gavi began in 2016. She said her organisation will also donate 2400 bicycles and 3 boats to improve health services across the nation.
Speaking at the same event, UNICEF Resident representative Johannes Weddenig said UNICEF will continue to work hand in hand with government through the Ministry of Health by making sure children are protected and have access to health services.