Helping together: Logwin and Save the Children transport medical supplies to the Central African Republic

Logwin transported around ten tonnes of urgently needed medical supplies by air freight from Amsterdam to Bangui.

Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) / Berlin (Germany) – At the beginning of July, logistics service provider Logwin once more gave support to a project of the Save the Children relief organization. Logwin transported around ten tonnes of urgently needed medical supplies from Amsterdam to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

The Central African Republic has been in a state of civil war for almost 18 months. Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them children, have fled their homes. The Save the Children organization collects donations in order to be able to provide emergency humanitarian aid on the ground. Teams in Bangui, Kemo, Nana-Gribizi and Ouaka distribute medicine and medical equipment to health centres, while mobile hospitals visit towns and villages that have an inadequate health infrastructure.

"Medical provision in the Central African Republic is very poor and there is a significant risk that life-threatening diseases will spread," explains Kathrin Wieland, CEO of Save the Children Germany. "That's why we are very grateful to our partner, Logwin, for transporting essential medicine and medical equipment to the region."

By air freight to Bangui

Logwin collected the goods, packed on pallets, from suppliers in Amsterdam and nearby Lelystad at the end of June. Logwin took the tablets, syringes, infusion bags, examination gloves and doctor's clothing to Amsterdam Airport, with some of the sensitive supplies having to be transported in temperature-controlled conditions.

Organizing transport from Amsterdam proved to be a particular challenge for the logistics specialist since only a few airlines serve Bangui Airport. The only direct connection from Europe was booked out for two weeks. Kevin Körner, Manager Airfreight Export at Logwin, pulled out all the stops to get the aid supplies to their destination as quickly as possible and came across an alternative connection. "We remained in close contact with the suppliers in the Netherlands the whole time in order to be able to collect sensitive goods at short notice." Thanks to the great commitment of everybody involved the aid shipment reached the Central African Republic at the beginning of July; Save the Children staff now organize local distribution. The majority of the medical supplies are intended for hospitals and health centres in the cities of Bangui and Bambari.

Logwin has contributed to a number of Save the Children projects in the past. Last year the company transported football boots and balls to Za'atari Camp in Jordan, where tens of thousands of Syrian refugees live; and in 2011 Logwin supported a fund-raising campaign for flood victims in Thailand. For the current project, Logwin performed not just the entire organization but also covered most of the costs of transport.

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