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Wed, 06/25/2008 - 13:46
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UN refugee agency, UNICEF sign MoU for Afghan refugees vaccination

Islamabad, June 25 (PPI) - UN refugee agency and UN Children's Fund UNICEF signed MoU that will result in significant savings in vaccines purchase for Afghans and locals living in and around Pakistan's refugee villages.

MoU was signed by UNHCR representative in Pakistan, Guenet Guebre Christos, and her UNICEF counterpart, Martin Mogwanja. UNICEF will procure vaccines on UNHCR's behalf based on current UNICEF supply catalogue and price list or other estimates provided by UNICEF, which are lower than what UNHCR currently pays.

``The MoU is good example of UN delivering as one,'' said Guebre Christos. ``The economies of scale will allow us to be more cost-efficient when procuring vaccines. This in turn will help us maximize services to refugees.''

Every year, UNHCR spends some $200,000 on vaccines for hundreds of thousands of refugee children and pregnant women living in refugee villages, as well as their host communities to prevent diseases like polio, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, Hepatitis B and tetanus.

Pakistan is one of eight pilot countries to implement UN reform. Joint programs between various agencies are currently being designed under themes of Health & Population; Agriculture, Rural Development, Poverty Reduction; Education; Disaster Risk Management; Environment.