Project profile — Strengthening the Cold Chain and Basic Health Services in the Northern Regions

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Strengthening the Cold Chain and Basic Health Services in the Northern Regions - Overview
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (XM-DAC-41122)
2015-06-11 - 2019-10-22
Country / region • Mali (100.00%)
Sector • Health, General
Medical education/training (12181) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (60.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (30.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The purpose of the project is to help to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality by implementing an effective immunization program. This project is based on strengthening the cold chain by introducing solar-powered equipment. Project activities include: (1) equipping health centres with solar refrigerators to allow the storage and distribution of vaccines and drugs; (2) training staff to install and maintain solar-powered equipment and to manage vaccines and biomedical waste; (3) equipping health centres with essential drugs and materials to provide emergency neonatal and obstetric care; and (4) training service providers in childhood diseases and emergency care. This project aims to improve the health status of women and children living in the targeted regions.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) Strengthened cold chain performance at the national, regional and community levels; 2) increased capacity of health system stakeholders at the national, regional and community levels to manage and supply vaccines, drugs and equipment in the cold chain; 3) increased capacity of health service providers to meet the needs of populations in targeted northern regions, particularly mothers, newborns and children.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (October 2019) include: (1) 1,051 community health centres were equipped with solar refrigerators, five regional health directorates with cold rooms, and the Health department's immunization section with two refrigerated trucks and equipment to provide the region with vaccines—this has made it possible to strengthen the cold chain and to considerably increase capacity for vaccine storage at the central level and in the regions; (2) health care providers’ skills were improved, which between 2015 and 2019, allowed over 2,150,000 women to give birth in health care facilities assisted by trained staff (including over 500,000 by qualified staff); (3) 150 health care facilities in the northern regions benefited from the installation of photovoltaic lighting systems to improve how obstetric emergencies are managed in areas where electricity is not always available; (4) 70 targeted community health centres received essential medicines and basic equipment, and are able to provide the minimum package of health services, including basic obstetric emergencies; and (5) between 2015 and 2018, thanks to Canada’s contribution and those of other donors, 87% of children under the age of 1 were vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and HIB, and 100% of children under the age of 1 were vaccinated against tuberculosis. These results helped improve access to quality, environmentally friendly health services, especially for women, newborns and children.



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