Integrated Family Health Program: The Cold Chain and Immunization Services

Watch how the Integrated Family Health Plan (IFHP) successfully ensures the maintenance of the cold chain in delivering life-saving vaccines to families in even the remotest regions of Ethiopia.

A successful immunization service depends on an ample supply of vaccines, skilled health care providers, and a well-functioning cold chain system. The cold chain refers to the storage and transportation of vaccines within the optimally required temperature starting from the time the vaccines leave the manufacturing plant until they reach the end-users.

The Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP) is a five-year (2009-2013) USAID-funded program that is implemented by John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and Pathfinder International-Ethiopia in partnership with the Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA).

IFHP collaborates to make maternal, newborn, and child health services, including immunization services, as well as family planning, available to families. The program focuses on creating health-seeking behaviors in communities and ensuring the availability of information, services, and commodities to meet these demands by strengthening the health system.

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