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  1. Paul Mallins
  2. Supply chain and logistics
  3. Friday, 14 September 2018

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Secretariat, we are delighted to invite your response to our survey on the use of refrigerated vehicles in immunization programmes.

Refrigerated vehicles are crucial in the delivery of life-saving vaccines. Programmes that depend on one or a small number of refrigerated vehicles may be seriously impeded if a vehicle breaks down or is unable to maintain the temperature range that is required for the safe storage of vaccines.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the performance of refrigerated vehicles that are at least three years old. This information will be used to help PQS develop standards for refrigerated vehicles that meet the needs of immunization programmes. The information you provide will be extremely valuable to WHO PQS and the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: survey will remain open until October 31, 2018.

Please complete this survey for each vehicle that has been in regular use for more than three years for the purpose of carrying vaccines or other temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. Please provide any available photographs where prompted in specific survey questions, by uploading photos directly to this platform.

Should you require further information on the survey, please contact the PQS Secretariat at

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of your free-text answers.

Kind regards,

WHO PQS Secretariat

James Cheyne Accepted Answer

Good morning Umit,

Thank you for your interesting and informative video of the refrigerated vehicles used in Bursa Province. You illustrate very clearly that refrigerated vehicles can also be useful in areas with relatively small populations. 

Wikipedia tells me that Bursa Province had a population of fewer than 3 million people in 2015 which indicates that other countries with provinces or regions with similar populations might consider using refrigerated vehicles for vaccine distribution. It's interesting to see the Bursa administration has also invested in a second vehicle that can presumably be put into more intensive use when the first vehicle is being serviced or is off the road for some other reason.

Turkey has a history of leading in immunizations services. I have only worked once with the Turkish health service, more than 25 years ago, and they were leaders even then.

Thank you for your post. It's very much appreciated!

I guess that the vehicles in Bursa have not yet been in use for three years or more. If one of them has been in use for a while, could you ask your Turkish colleagues to complete the WHO survey on refrigerated vehicles, please? 

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: survey will remain open until October 31, 2018.

  1. more than a month ago
  2. Supply chain and logistics
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Umit Kartoglu Accepted Answer

An example of a custom-made refrigerated vehicle from Bursa Provincial Health Directorate (Turkey)

Dear colleagues,

I would like to share a presentation explaining all details of a custom-made refrigerated vehicle from Bursa Provincial Health Directorate in Turkey. The province has two of this type vehicle, and another custom made Sedan car with an arrangement of a cold storage in the trunk (for small volume emergency deliveries). It illustrates how the dry storage space could be added.

Download size is 87.5 MB. Please note that the presentation is in PSSX mode, when you download it, all you need to do is to double-click on the file name, the presentation will run itself...

Hope you find this useful.



Extensio et Progressio 


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