FAO opens the re-established central cold chain for livestock vaccines
Together with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry (MLFI), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officially opened the newly restored central cold chain in Juba on 15 September. The cold chain is crucial for the storage, safe transport and performance of temperature-sensitive livestock vaccines.
The cold chain system is put into place to keep vaccines at the recommended temperature, ranging from +2oC to +8oC, from the manufacturer all the way to the cattle camps in remote areas of South Sudan. If the vaccines are not kept in refrigerators and freezers throughout transportation, they will no longer be effective.
“FAO and MLFI have been working hard to re-establish the central cold chain in order to get the vaccines to all parts of South Sudan. Over USD 1 million of cold chain equipment, spare parts and special refrigeration tools has been procured by FAO this year alone. At the same time, 72 cold chain technicians from the Ministry and partners have been trained on vaccine and cold chain management,” says Serge Tissot, FAO Representative, a.i.