Japan provides US$10 million for vaccine data management systems in 7 African countries

On September 16, 2022, Japan signed a letter pledging ¥1.4 billion (US$10 million) to the Digital Health Systems Support Program to Combat Infectious Diseases in Africa UNICEF Partnership.

In the past year, reflections on the challenges faced at COVID-19 vaccination sites in Africa have emphasized the necessity of vaccination status follow-up and the implementation of a system that can manage vaccine-related data.

As a result of the new pledge, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will provide an immunization management system to respond to public health threats in seven African countries; Tunisia, Uganda, Congo, DRC, Benin, Malawi, and South Sudan. It is expected that the plan will contribute to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the revitalization of socioeconomic activities.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (in Japanese)