Speech of the USAID Representative, Nancy Ostrowski
Launch of the Tuk-Tuk Vaccine Roll-out
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to be a part of the launch of the “Tuk-Tuk Vaccine Roll-Out,” This activity, which originated during the fight against the COVID-19 virus, is one of three currently programs currently underway that are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since the start of the pandemic, USAID has contributed $2,900,000 for the fight against COVID-19 in Djibouti–in accordance with our common goal of expanding access to healthcare for all Djiboutians.
This activity will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Government of Japan, and UNICEF. The goal is to support the Government of Djibouti’s efforts to strengthen its health system, to include fully vaccinating 70% of its population against COVID-19. This campaign will bring vaccines to the people: a keystone of public health is bringing services to those who need it, not waiting for them to come to the health center. This project fulfills a need that will improve the health of Djiboutians in more remote, hard to reach areas.
We are proud of the strong partnership that USAID has built with the government of Djibouti since its start here in 2003—a partnership that has worked for the benefit of all Djiboutians.
In closing, I would like to thank all other stakeholders and especially the Ministry of Health for their close partnership as we launch this new activity.