WHO Ethiopia September 2021: The World Health Organization (WHO) Logistics Hub in Dubai delivered 85 metric tons of life-saving medical supplies to Ethiopia. The supplies, including essential medicines, trauma and emergency surgery kits.
The supplies contain also infusions, consumables, equipment, and cholera kits, and were flown by a charter flight donated by the United Arab Emirates. The plane landed in Addis Ababa on 10 September and will address the urgent needs of more than 150 000 people.
“This is an important demonstration of solidarity with people in need. This delivery will help bolster our efforts to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of families who are grappling with a difficult humanitarian situation,” said Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, WHO Representative in Ethiopia.
The shipment to Ethiopia wrapped up a historic week for the WHO Dubai Logistics Hub. Dispatching over four times the weekly average. The operation shipped over 450 metric tons of medical supplies valued at more than US$ 4.3 million in support of cholera outbreak response in Nigeria. Critical shortages of medicines in Afghanistan, and trauma and surgical supplies to Syria and Yemen.
The WHO’s Logistics Hub in Dubai plays an instrumental role by rapidly responding to health emergencies around the world. Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hub has successfully delivered US$ 90 million worth of health supplies through 705 shipments to over 120 countries.