The United Nations Organization praised the generous support provided by the United Arab Emirates and its humanitarian efforts to transfer medical and protection supplies from the emerging “Corona” virus “Covid-19” to the countries of the African continent.
The World Food Program – in a statement distributed yesterday in Geneva in conjunction with the announcement of the launch of the first United Nations air solidarity flight to transport medical supplies to African countries – affirmed that the UAE, through the WHO’s regional logistics center in Dubai, played a key role in preparing these Supplies and ship them where you need them most.
For her part, Elizabeth Beers, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program, told a press conference in Geneva that the largest shipment since the beginning of the outbreak of the “Corona” epidemic started from the UAE to Bole airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mundhiri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean said that these medical supplies to countries with the weakest health systems will enable the people who live there to take the necessary tests and treatment, while ensuring that health workers on the front lines are properly protected.
The Elizabeth Beers said the cargo – which was flown on an Ethiopian charter plane in the name of the World Food Program (WFP) which is carrying out the logistics of the UN response campaign to combat the Coronavirus epidemic – will depart from Addis Ababa to other African countries, and includes a million masks, face masks, gloves, goggles, dresses, masks and aprons Medical and thermometers.
In addition to breathing apparatus, this protective equipment will be sufficient to protect health workers while treating more than 30,000 patients across Africa.
For his part, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program, stressed that the World Health Organization is committed to delivering vital medical supplies to the front lines to protect health workers, pointing out that these air bridges of the World Food Program need full funding and the program is ready to transport health and humanitarian workers to Front lines as well as medical shipments.
For his part, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanum Gebrius, said that the solidarity trip to Ethiopia is part of a larger effort to ship life-saving medical supplies to 95 countries … expressing his thanks to the government of the United Arab Emirates, the African Union, the government of Ethiopia, and all the partners for their solidarity with the African countries At this critical moment in history.
The World Health Organization said that its logistic center in Dubai employs a team of seven people around the clock to send more than 130 shipments of personal protective equipment and laboratory supplies to 95 countries in the six regions of the WHO.
The World Food Program spokeswoman indicated that the organization needs to fund the remainder of $ 350 million to establish these vital humanitarian hubs around the world to facilitate the storage and dispatch of essential medical shipments, establish air transport links for goods and individuals, provide air passenger services necessary for operations, and contract with chartered ships, etc. This includes solidarity trips.
She said that the program has so far received only 24% of this funding, which is estimated at about $ 84 million.