At the beginning of 2014, UNICEF recognised the need to improve the vaccine cold chain across Mali and selected Sure Chill as their partner to do so. Now, the entire country’s cold chain is equipped with Sure Chill vaccine refrigerators.

Mali, a landlocked country in Western Africa, is the eighth largest country on the continent with a population of 14.5 million.

At the beginning of 2014, UNICEF recognised the need to improve the vaccine cold chain across Mali and selected Sure Chill as their partner to do so. Mali received UNICEF funding to substantially rebuild the cold chain from regional cold stores to health post refrigerators. A cold chain consultant was based in country for 3 years and developed an over-arching strategy with the underlying requirement to prevent vaccines freezing.  Previously, this had been a major issue, as conventional refrigeration had been used.

Eliminating the risk of vaccines freezing required the use of fail-safe freeze-free cooling, and the replacement of ice packs with chilled water packs for outreach. With a proven track record of being the market leader for performance and with the first Grade A freeze-free vaccine refrigerators, Sure Chill technology was perfectly suited to the task.

Thousands of units have been supplied to Mali, equipping the entire cold chain in Mali with Sure Chill technology, ensuring vital vaccines are being protected throughout the country’s clinics and outreach centres.

Training from Sure Chill’s own team of experienced engineers was provided to technicians who would be responsible for looking after the units, ensuring that knowledge of servicing, fault diagnostics, maintenance and repairs was transferred. An additional number of  units are due to be shipped and installed.