Zimbabwe has over the years developed an efficient and effective vaccine cold chain and logistics system that has ensured millions of children in the country receive potent medicines annually.
This has resulted in reduced child mortality rate in the country.
The country has successfully embraced vaccination as a means of preventing fatalities of child killer diseases like polio, measles, tuberculosis and tetanus.
Such success is attributable to a number of critical interventions made by various players in the health delivery system among them the cold chain system which has assisted to develop a solid temperature – controlled supply chain for immunisation medicines.
Examples can be drawn from rural clinics countrywide that are implementing this initiative in line with reducing the country’s child mortality figures.
With the country’s child mortality statistics reflecting an 8 percent drop from 75 to 69 deaths per 1000 live births according to the Zimbabwe demographic health survey of 2015 , the sustainability of a controlled medicine storage and transport system is touted as an important measure to maintain this trend.
Under the results based financing model rural clinics have been capacitated with refrigerators and storage facilities to ensure all vaccines administered are safe and effective.