(Washington, D.C.) August 16, 2012 ― Humanitarian groups are increasing their efforts to curb a recent outbreak of cholera in Mali, an area already devastated by drought, fighting, and food shortages.
The onset of the rainy season and the existing humanitarian crisis in northern Mali has exacerbated the situation. As part of the emergency response, a UPS chartered plane headed to Bamako, Mali, today from Frankfurt, Germany. The flight was loaded with 156,394 pounds of relief supplies, including:
• AmeriCares’ water purification supplies will provide 25,000 people with clean water, and emergency medical aid that will help treat 15,000 people in Mali.
• UNICEF’s water purification kits will serve 2,640 families, while oral rehydration salts will help 2 million people. Medical kits will also cover the needs of 10,000 people for a month.
• Shelterbox’s 497 tents will protect 497 families in Niger.
• High energy biscuits will feed 39,000 malnourished children for a month in CARE’s program in Mali.
“We must do everything we can to try to curb the further spread of cholera in northern Mali and this latest shipment will help reach that goal,” said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs. “InterAction members are grateful for the support given to us by partners such as UPS to respond to this crisis,” he added.
“When a humanitarian crisis occurs, logistics immediately becomes key to saving lives. This is the third movement of critical relief supplies to the Sahel region of Africa that UPS has been involved in since April as there’s a lot of need,” said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. “UPS’s role has been to utilize our capabilities to efficiently deliver our NGO partners’ supplies by consolidating them and we’re honored to be able to help provide our expertise.”