KHARTOUM, Sudan, October 25, 2021 / APO Group / –
The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered essential drugs and medical supplies from its logistics center in Dubai to Khartoum, Sudan, to meet the health needs of 1.5 million people, including the protection of over 300,000 frontline health workers.
This operation represents the largest airlift between the United Arab Emirates and Sudan.
“We are very grateful to His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for making his Royal Aircraft available to WHO and for Dubai’s continued support in making these flights. The expedited transport and delivery of these drugs will certainly save lives and alleviate suffering and we are grateful for the support of all parties involved in coordinating this historic operation, ”said Dr Nima Abid, representing of the WHO in Sudan.
The supplies will be immediately distributed upon arrival at health facilities in 18 states in Sudan. The WHO logistics center in Dubai is also deploying technical staff with supplies to facilitate the operation.
This year, the WHO logistics center in Dubai delivered a total of 25 shipments to Sudan worth US $ 1.4 million. In 2020, the hub supported eight vital shipments to Sudan worth $ 900,000.
“Sudan continues to suffer from the impact of global supply chain disruptions that affect the transport and delivery of essential medicines. These flights come at a critical time as Sudan faces higher transmission of waterborne diseases due to the rainy season, as well as a growing number of vulnerable populations in need of humanitarian medical assistance ” , added Dr Abid.
Through its logistics hub in Dubai, WHO is able to deliver vital supplies immediately and efficiently to countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and beyond. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hub has shipped more than US $ 90 million worth of medical supplies to more than 120 countries around the world.
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