Energize the Chain-Zimbabwe is committed to making effective vaccines available and accessible to vulnerable populations in remote areas of the country. EtC, in partnership with Econet Wireless, improves the efficiency of vaccine storage and delivery systems in Zimbabwe by:
- Supplying energy efficient vaccine refrigerators to rural clinics
- Providing reliable power for the refrigerators through cell phone towers and solar panels
- Enabling remote monitoring of the refrigerators using the cell tower connectivity.
Energize the Chain, Econet, and the National Healthcare Trust of Zimbabwe launched this initiative in June 2011. There are now 110 sites in operation with 100 more under construction, and EtC vaccines have been administered to more than 250,000 children.