Captured in 2014, in the northern Haitian commune of Gonaives, this image depicts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff members, Becky and Roody, inside a structure that houses the Dometic TCW 3000 SDD, solar-operated, blue-colored vaccine coolers. See PHIL 19701, for an exterior view of this building, where you’ll note the solar cells on its rooftop, which are used to power the refrigeration system, due to Haiti’s undependable electrical grid.
“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.”