PQMD Members Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, and Heart to Heart International team with FedEx to Deliver 30 Tons of Aid to Haiti
More than 30 tons of critical aid is on the ground and in the hands of relief workers in Haiti. FedEx delivered the emergency supplies on board two charter flights October 12 and 13 in an effort to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.
FedEx supported these disaster relief efforts through its relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. These organizations have medical staff and disaster relief supplies pre-positioned in the region.
“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Global Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”
FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. Most recently, in response to the crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, Direct Relief delivered nearly 17 tons of medical aid aboard a charter flight that took off from FedEx’s Memphis World Hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince Wednesday, October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.
“Hurricane Matthew dealt a doubly cruel blow to Haiti, causing tragic loss of life and vastly increased risks and harm while at the same time damaging the health facilities and infrastructure critical to responding,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO, Direct Relief. “That’s why an aggressive, targeted response is so important and why FedEx’s leadership to take care of the transportation barrier is such a critically important step.”
A second charter flight filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International in Haiti October 13. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered medicines, medical supplies, and hygiene kits.
“Heart to Heart International (HHI) is proud of our 20-year relationship with FedEx. HHI has operated in Haiti since 2010 and prepositioned medical supplies enabling our Haitian medical teams to respond as soon as the hurricane made landfall. FedEx support was critical to our preparation and this follow-up shipment will support our ongoing work, especially for our Cholera Treatment Unit in Grand-Anse.” said Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International.
With many health facilities damaged, inaccessible, or non-functional as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the urgently needed aid will reach the most affected areas of Haiti, including ‘Grand’Anse and Sud.
“FedEx’s swift action in the wake of Hurricane Matthew makes it possible for our teams to save lives and alleviate suffering in some of the hardest hit communities in Haiti,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of International Medical Corps. “FedEx knows that speed saves lives, and that every hour counts. They are making it possible for our teams to deliver urgently needed supplies and bring lifesaving medical care to those in need, helping stop the spread of cholera—a disease that has the potential to be far deadlier than the storm itself.”
The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world.