Union Minister for Health and Sports, Dr. Myint Htwe attended the Signing Ceremony of Agreement between the Ministry of Health and Sports and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on ‘ The Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII)’, which was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe and UNICEF Executive Director Ms. Henrietta H. Fore signed the agreement on the Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII).
Next, Ms. Henrietta H. Fore expressed words of appreciation to the Myanmar Government’s commitment and increasing vaccine cost contribution from one million US dollar before to seven million US dollar in 2018. She mentioned that UNICEF would ensure the international procurement of vaccines to have an un-interrupted supply of vaccines and technical support for strengthening of cold chain system. Ms. Fore also stressed that the continued collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Sports and UNICEF would effectively protect all children in Myanmar from vaccine preventable diseases.
Afterwards, Union Minister mentioned the words of appreciation to UNICEF for this important signing event which is very important for long term perspective of Myanmar Immunization Program as well as for UNICEF’s continuous support for children’s health in Myanmar. ‘This is very important and a great benefit for children in Myanmar especially those lived in remote and undeserved areas by preventing diseases by immunization’, said Union Minister.
Dr. Myint Htwe also requested UNICEF to support the nutrition program as a top most priority. Finally Union Minister urged all the stakeholders to work collaboratively for the health and development of Myanmar children.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Sett Aung, senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports, WHO representative to Myanmar, UNICEF Country Representative and the concerned officials.
Union Minister also met with CEO of Gavi The Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Seth Berkley yesterday and discussed in details on Immunization Program including cold chain system strengthening in
Union Minister mentioned that the Ministry of Health and Sports appreciated Gavi for giving funding support of 123 Million US dollar in Immunization System Strengthening for the period of 2019 to 2021.
He also ensured that the Ministry would effectively use every single dollar that was supported for the health of people.
Country-owned, gap-based strategies and new technologies for immunization program were also discussed at the meeting.
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)