Captured in Haiti in 2014, in the commune of Jacmel, inside a building at the Jacmel Depot in southern Haiti, this image depicts a nondescript room in which you can see three rectangular-shaped Dometic TCW 3000 SDD, solar-operated, blue-colored vaccine coolers. This model operates as a refrigerator at a temperature of 5°C (41°F), or as a freezer at a temperature of -20°C (-4°F). Being that it is solar powered, it is not dependent upon the undependable Haitian power grid. In this efficient manner, vaccines to be disseminated throughout the Haitian population, can be kept fresh prior to their usage.
“In 2010, an earthquake of high magnitude tore through Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, causing destruction on a scale that most people can’t even imagine. More than 200,000 lives were lost and another 2 million people were displaced when their homes were destroyed. All health services were interrupted, and health indicators, including vaccination rates, plummeted. In the 5 years since the earthquake, CDC has been heavily investing in rebuilding Haiti’s capacity to deliver potent vaccines to every child. Appropriate use of vaccines can stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) by reducing the number of people who are at risk of infection and decreasing the likelihood that diseases will cross borders and spread to neighboring countries.”