The Solar Powered Vaccine Refrigerator Project

    

A Refrigerator That Can Save Lives   

One of the most remote areas in the world is the Samburu and Laikipia regions in Northern Kenya. There are vast roadless areas, traversed by trails that go up to alpine brush and dense vegetation and back down to extreme desert. To achieve the goal of providing basic medical care to the indigenous people, a refrigerator that could hold enough vaccines at a steady temperature between 2C and 8C was needed despite the external temperatures varying from 40C to -5C. Because of the difficulty of preserving vaccines in such environments the WHO as implemented a new set of specifications that vaccine refrigerators should be qualified to meet. Donna Thorson, aided by others, devised a system to achieve this goal. In these remote areas the best transportation for the mobile clinics is a pack animal such as a camel. (Read More)

This refrigerator has the potential to be used throughout the world allowing remote villages to receive life saving medications.  Community Health Africa hopes that the profit from the sale of these refrigerators will add to the operational budget for remote medical clinics. 

ABC's 20/20 Visits the Clinics 

Jay Schadler of ABC Traveled to remote Northern Kenya to see the vaccine refrigerator in action.  Here he finds himself with a team of camels – part of a medical camel caravan trekking through the nomadic Samburu region of Kenya.  With non-existent roads, it’s a novel approach to reach the most remote communities, where there are no doctors and no modern medicine.  He sees for the first time a new solar-powered refrigerator, which may deliver via camel, temperature sensitive vaccines where electricity can’t go.  View Video 


 

Family Planning

Women in Northern Kenya are coming to understand that spacing their children several years apart is one of the greatest contributors to the health and success of their families.  With out Family Planning, in a 5 year span, the average woman may bear 4 children.  Each birth in succession is much more likely to result in a low birth weight and sickly baby since the mother doesn’t have time to regain her strength before her next pregnancy. The family planning method these women prefer to use is the 3-5 year implant as it works best with their lives. (Read More)

Please join us in making these much needed implants available to 30,000 women who want their babies and families to be healthy and strong.