Strong female participation in Mbuji Mayi vaccination campaigns
The main challenge for this project has been sourcing reliable and affordable transport and storage options for the vaccine, which is produced at the National Veterinary Laboratory in Kinshasa, some 1,350 km away. Thanks to the tireless support of the original project volunteer trainer and facilitator, Dr Theodore Mwabi, and with funding support from Partners in International Collaborative Community Aid Ltd (PiCCA), we were able to purchase and transport a solar fridge from South Africa for the long-term storage of bulk vaccine from Kinshasa at the ACN community and business centre. Though it was a long and complex process, we are pleased to report the centre now has a functioning solar fridge for storage of the I-2 Newcastle disease vaccine that can be flown in from the capital as needed through pre-order of vaccine from the growing number of households they are now servicing.
Below: Installation of the solar panel and solar-powered fridge for storage of the Newcastle disease vaccine at the ACN community centre in Mbuji Mayi. Photo credit: Jean Calvin Tshibuabua