Georgia: UN team brings much needed equipment to hospitals throughout Abkhazia

In late June from 23 to 27, 2005 UNICEF and UNOMIG jointly delivered seven brand new vaccine refrigerators to needy hospitals and children's polyclinics in Abkhazia.

The refrigerators were procured by UNICEF, with donor support from the German Federal Government, to help equip hospitals in all seven regions of Abkhazia.

The refrigerators were delivered to the regions of: Gali, Ochamchire, Sukhumi, Gulripsh, Gudauta, Tkvarcheli and Gagra.

Hospital staff were given a briefing on the use of the refrigerators, which run on both electricity and gas (in the event of a power outage), as well as best practices for storing and monitoring vaccines.

"The transport and distribution of UNICEF's vaccine refrigerators to/in Abkhazia went extremely smoothly thanks to UNOMIG and its Civil-Military Coordination office (CIMIC) and Movement Control (MOVCON)," said UNICEF's Emergency Officer Mr. Jonathan Hadaway.

"There are some very grateful hospital staff around Abkhazia," said Mr. Hadaway.

UNOMIG and UNICEF plan to team up again in September for a large distribution of school supplies and sports equipment to Abkhaz schools.


***The UNOMIG Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) office was formally established in January 2003 to coordinate and share information between UNOMIG, other UN organizations, and the civilian community, all of which share the same objectives in responding to humanitarian emergencies.

UNOMIG has five CIMIC officers who closely follow political developments in the conflict zone and uphold contacts with local authorities, law enforcement agencies, and the local population.

Further, UNOMIG Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) office supports The Quick Impact Projects. The quick impact programme, which allows funding for locally initiated aid projects, as well as reconstruction projects on both sides of the ceasefire line, was introduced by SRSG Tagliavini. The programme is designed to alleviate suffering of the local population and aims at restoring basic public services, such as public schools, water, electricity and power, refuse disposal and public health infrastructure. Since its inception in November 2002, UNOMIG has implemented over 70 Quick-Impact Projects in its area of responsibility.