News Release

LDSC Donates 10 M Worth of Vaccine Storage Equipment to DOH

Latter-Day Saint Charities (LDSC), the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, donated 75 sets of vaccine transport boxes and 670,000 vaccine cards to the Department of Health in the Philippines.

Dr. Kim Patrick Tejano, Project Manager of the National Immunization Program, visited with the area presidency and the LDSC team for a ceremonial handover of donations held at the Manila Philippines Administration Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Taniela Wakolo witnessed the signing of the acknowledgment of donation together with Elder Steven Bangerter on April 21, 2022.

This year, LDSC has made available $200,000.00 (PHP 10M) in partnership with the Department of Health in support of the National Immunization Program. The goal of the said program is to vaccinate 1.5M children to increase the coverage rate of the Fully-Immunized Child (FIC).

Dr. Tejano said, “The cold storage boxes that were donated will help our regional and local health offices to receive and get access to the routine vaccines the government is purchasing for them. It will help in the accessibility and dispatch of the vaccines to their target areas.”

Speaking of the vaccine cards, he said, “This enables the local health offices to properly record and report the coverage of our immunization to the national government.”

The DOH has chosen to allocate these funds primarily for cold storage vaccine transport boxes and vaccine cards to track vaccines for families. Deliveries will be facilitated in 17 regions of DOH. Currently, 15 of the 17 handovers of donations have already happened.

In 2014, LDSC donated 1M Dollars in response and support for the Measles Mass Immunization Program and donated over 65,000 markers and 20,000 vaccine carriers to DOH.

In 2015, LDSC joined the Department of Health’s School-Based Immunization Program by donating more than 38,000 posters to public elementary schools nationwide as part of information dissemination.

Recently, the childhood vaccine rate has dropped from 60% to 18% for children 0-24 months. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reallocation of DOH and LGU budget resources.

“We would want to reiterate and support the work that you do. LDSC wants to contribute and do our share in protecting our country”, said Jairus Perez, LDSC Country Director.

About LDSC

Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC), the humanitarian arm of the Church, helps preserve life and protect health, particularly of children, by improving access to immunization services. LDSC’s efforts have increased the number of immunized children and reduced the number of lives lost to measles, rubella, maternal and neonatal tetanus, polio, diarrhea, pneumonia, and yellow fever globally.

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