UPS today announced relief efforts are underway to bring critical supplies and food to victims of cyclone Idai that slammed into East Africa. Collaborations between The UPS Foundation and leading humanitarian relief organisations are bringing urgent relief by land, sea and air.
The number of people impacted by Cyclone Idai has climbed to more than three million people, with 500 people reported dead, a number that’s been projected to increase. As flood waters slowly recede, UPS and The UPS Foundation continue to engage in close collaborations with the UN Logistics Cluster and relief organisations including The World Food Programme, UNICEF, UNHCR, CARE and MedShare.
“The situation is heartwrenching, and the need for help is urgent,” says Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer. “The collaboration with our United Nations and disaster relief network partners is allowing us to address immediate needs for food and shelter, and to bring supplies that will be critical during the recovery period.”
The multi-modal relief strategy includes:
• Coordination with United Nations partners on four flights landing on the east coast of Africa to bring food and supplies.
• Two flight rotations into Beira, Mozambique on behalf of UNICEF to bring ready-to-eat meals that will provide essential nutrition to more than 7,000 people.
• Collaboration with The World Food Programme on the airlift of two amphibious transport vehicles called ‘SHERPs’ from the Ukraine to Beira, Mozambique, to deliver food and supplies to isolated communities where roads are impassible or no longer exist.
• Coordination with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to transport more than 86,183 kg of core relief items, including tarps, buckets, solar lamps, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, food preparation equipment and blankets, to Lilongua, Malawi.
• Transport of 168,000 water purification sachets to Malawi, in addition to the activation of USD 25,000 of the advanced relief funding provided to CARE by The UPS Foundation with the funds to be used to purchase tarps and blankets which are being transported to Beira via ocean transport.
• In collaboration with MedShare, UPS is preparing to transport an ocean container of medical supplies that will help more than 12,000 people in Malawi.
• In collaboration with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), UPS has also transported 15 pallets of cholera and typhoid treatment kits which will help prevent the outbreak of water-borne illnesses in Mozambique, an increasing threat as waters recede.