Press Office - PR#35–2013, March 6, 2013
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Dr. Remigio M. Olveda, Director IV of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, signed the grant contract for “ The Project for Installation of a Walk-in Freezer in the Vaccine Storage Facility for Promotion of Vaccination ” on 5 March 2013 at the Embassy of Japan. The project, amounting to US$ 89,622 (approximately 3.5 million pesos) , is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) serves as the main storage facility of vaccines in the Philippines. The primary function of the Institute is to conduct research on the prevention and control of occurring tropical and other infectious diseases in the country. This also includes the advancement of medications and vaccines being utilized by medical professionals.
This year, the Government of the Philippines plans to introduce two new vaccines for the protection of infants and young children against pneumococcal and rotavirus infections. The introduction of the new set of vaccines implies that additional storage space is needed to accommodate the new set of vaccines along with the other existing ones. Due to limited funding, the Institute had been unable to install a new walk-in freezer for the vaccines.
Under the GGP, RITM will be provided with a new walk-in freezer, a temperature recorder and a storage rack for vaccines. The equipment will serve as storage for vaccines for routine immunization and will benefit infants, pregnant women and the indigent elderly across the country.