Many off-grid health centres in low and lower-middle-income countries lack the basic infrastructure, funding and training to maintain sufficient cold chains equipment to safely transport and store essential vaccines and protect them against heat damages.
This jeopardizes sufficient and continuous medical care and immunization. Rising temperatures due to climate change, population growth and urbanization are leading to a higher demand for cooling. Like many other developing countries, Kenya lacks the basic infrastructure and management skills needed to support uninterrupted cold chains for perishable foods and pharmaceutical. Increasing skills on maintaining cold chain equipment and promoting development of off-grid renewable energy sources are core elements to achieve economic development, better health and hunger eradication. Germany supports partner countries in introducing and disseminating environmentally friendly ways of cooling.
Cold Chains at the Forefront – Challenges and Opportunities is a series of clips produced by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Proklima aiming at visualizing Kenya´s specific reality and circumstances under which perishable goods are treated with relation to different Sustainable Development Goals.