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What a Difference a Vaccine Fridge Makes!

Late last year our technical team installed a High Frequency (HF) Radio in Kabori, a remote village in PNG. The HF radio was installed in a local pastor’s house, part of which he dedicated to serve as a health clinic in Kabori—the only health clinic for the community. Despite the lack of proper health equipment and medicines, the local pastor went out of his way to help provide basic health-care treatment for people in need of medical attention.

Upon entering the clinic, the Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) technical team saw a narrow bamboo bed placed at the very corner of the clinic, which served has a bed for patients and an old broken-down stove which was used as a table to accommodate a shelf and the HF Radio. The remaining part of the old stove was also used as a sort of storage cupboard to store small supplies of medicines wrapped up in plastic bags.

CRMF Technician, David Feka who was in charge of this installation said, “It really saddens me to see the extent of the absence of much-needed health services in remote communities like Kabori.”

There have been countless other instances where CRMF had seen first-hand the lack of basic health services, equipment and medicines. The majority of the radio calls that CRMF receives from remote communities are requests for medical evacuation simply because remote clinics lack the necessary equipment and medicines to attend to and help patients. Proper arrangements are then made to transport and transfer patients to a better equipped and advanced health facility to attend to the critical needs of the patient(s)

As a result of these calls for medical evacuation, CRMF has become increasingly aware of the need for basic health equipment, so we have facilitated for this need by including a new sale item to our list of stock…a vaccine fridge. This vaccine fridge contains all the requirements to provide safe and proper storage for vaccines and medicines and any other samples including blood. It maintains the optimum temperature range of 2 – 8 degrees Celsius and in case of power outage this temperature can be maintained for as long as 8 -12 days. And for regions without electricity supply, the fridge is operated on solar power, thereby making it ideal for health clinics in the remote regions of PNG.