Airlink and USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Launch Haiti Air Bridge to Deliver Humanitarian Aid – Yahoo Finance

Disaster logistics nonprofit Airlink has launched an air bridge from the US to Haiti transporting humanitarian aid to the Caribbean Island on behalf of aid agencies working to overcome transport constraints and security concerns. 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Funding for the Airlink air bridge comes from a USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) grant to provide at least two charter flights a month until the end of January. In-kind freight forwarding (cargo pick-up coordination, ground transportation and warehousing) has been provided by Airlink partner SEKO Logistics.
Humanitarian agencies have struggled to get life-saving aid to the island due to transport costs and escalating gang violence, which have impacted maritime ports, road access, and overall security. Air charter prices have increased 160 percent in the last six years and an estimated 200 gangs operate across Haiti with around 95 operating in the capital Port-au-Prince. Meanwhile, the island’s population is dealing with an ongoing humanitarian emergency and the impact of multiple disasters, including the instability caused by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and a deadly earthquake in 2021.
An outbreak of cholera is the latest disaster to hit the Haitian people. There are more than 18,000 suspected cases amongst the population, with 30 percent of those comprising children under the age of nine. The country’s health system is struggling to cope. Of the twenty-two local health institutions, only six are fully functioning. The first two air bridge flights departed from Miami International Airport carrying 88 tons of aid including medical supplies, IV fluids, water purification supplies, and clean water filtration equipment to help address the cholera crisis.
“As humanitarian needs persist and a cholera epidemic threatens the health and wellbeing of the Haitian people, USAID is working to get life-saving aid to those who need it most. We are proud to partner with Airlink to create this vital airbridge to Haiti to save lives and alleviate suffering caused by this ongoing humanitarian crisis and cholera epidemic,” said Lana Oh, USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team lead in Haiti.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have struggled to deliver aid to Haiti on the back of upward spiraling transport costs. Few scheduled airlines want to fly to Haiti and fuel price rises and global competition for air freight space have driven up the costs for chartered flights beyond most NGO budgets. One of the most significant cost factors has been the deteriorating security situation in the country. Sea freight is no longer an option for NGOs hoping to move aid into the country due to a lack of port security and the activity of violent gangs. This has further driven up competition for air freight space and increased costs for associated services. The costs of cargo offloading at Haiti’s main airport have increased by almost 600 percent as staff seek pay that reflects the increased workload and the real risks to their own lives of coming to work because of gang violence.
“The situation in Haiti is deteriorating rapidly and the human need is huge. Unfortunately, it has become a forgotten disaster,” said Stephanie Steege, Airlink’s Director of Program. “This air bridge is critically needed to get aid into Haiti, but we could not have done it without the support of SEKO Logistics and grant funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the American people.”
Airlink provides a network of over 150 NGOs with free air transport enabling them to move responders and humanitarian aid in response to natural and man-made disasters. Studies have shown that supply chain management accounts for 73 percent of the cost of any humanitarian program; it is also the most volatile cost component.
The first two chartered flights undertaken through Airlink’s air bridge supported the movement of aid on behalf of aid agencies CARE Haiti, the Dalton Foundation, Food for the Poor, Partners in Health, and the World Health Organization.
The aid will help to tackle the current cholera outbreak and includes bleach and Clorox 360 to sanitize, and assorted personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, bouffant caps, shoe covers, and N95 masks. In addition, CARE Haiti is moving in the first two of five water treatment units, assembled in the US. These first two units will contribute to increased access to safe and clean water in Cayemites, an island with no functioning clean safe running water. A lack of safe and clean water alongside open defecation is reported to be one of the main causes of the high number of cholera cases in this area.
To safeguard the supplies and local staff, Airlink is not disclosing the exact number of flights that will form the air bridge or when they will depart but estimate they have nearly 200 tons of supplies in the pipeline, which they hope to move in the coming weeks. This aid includes medical supplies, IV fluids, PPE, disinfectant, medications, water filtration systems and water treatment tablets, and food assistance to help combat and prevent malnutrition in cholera patients. The nonprofit hopes to continue the air bridge beyond January 2023 but will need to find additional in-kind industry donations or grant funding to do so.
About Airlink: (www.airlinkflight.org
Andrew Williams  
+1 (202)-830-8514 
View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/airlink-and-usaid-bureau-for-humanitarian-assistance-launch-haiti-air-bridge-to-deliver-humanitarian-aid-301714827.html
SOURCE Airlink, Inc.
Adding Novocure's medical device to standard drugs improved survival for late-stage lung cancer patients, leading NVCR stock to soar Thursday.
As 2023 starts gearing up for the long haul, Wall Street is still taking a bearish view of the markets. We’re still dealing with the same headwinds, a combination of stubbornly high inflation, rapidly rising interest rates, gloomy economic indicators, the continuing war in Ukraine, uncertainty over China’s lockdown policies, a supply chain that is only slowly unsnarling itself… the list can go on. But despite the grim outlook right now, there are still some signals that give reasons for longer-t
Shares of Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) are skyrocketing 49.8% higher as of 10:12 a.m. ET on Thursday. The huge jump came after the company announced the results from a late-stage clinical study evaluating its Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy in treating stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Novocure reported that TTFields in combination with standard therapies met the primary endpoint of the phase 3 study by achieving statistically significant improvement in overall survival compared to standard therapies alone.
Geron (GERN) posts positive top-line data from the phase III IMerge study investigating its lead candidate, imetelstat for treating lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes. Shares up.
Dana Pollard started a new job at the end of 2022, after spending three years recovering from a 2019 stroke. After months of physical and speech therapy, and with the help of medication, Pollard’s condition stabilized. Before the stroke, Pollard managed about 6,000 employees as a director of canvassing.
The news comes a month after an experimental cancer vaccine from Moderna based on mRNA technology was shown to work against a type of skin cancer. The deal offers CytomX access to Moderna's mRNA technology, which has been used to develop COVID-19 vaccines, while Moderna would get access to CytomX's Probody platform, used in the development of cancer therapies targeting diseased tissues. Moderna said it will also pay tiered royalties to CytomX on global sales of any products which enter the market under the deal.
A kidney disease treatment from Vera lagged rivals from Chinook and Otsuka, analysts said Wednesday as the biotech stock plummeted.
After having been slightly higher earlier in the morning, the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC) opened lower by about 1%. The overall gloom for the Nasdaq wasn't enough to stifle excitement from the biotechnology sector. Indeed, good news in the fight against cancer helped send shares of Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) and Zai Lab (NASDAQ: ZLAB) sharply higher on Thursday morning, and shareholders are pleased with the chances of a key candidate treatment making a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
The $1 billion transaction has also been opposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Texas regulators
Updates from Geron (GERN) and VERA are the key highlights from the biotech sector during the past week.
After releasing topline late-stage clinical trial data on its drugs effect on a set of precancerous conditions, a longtime Bay Area biotech said it plans to raise $175 million through a stock sale. Geron Corp. (NASDAQ: GERN) said early Wednesday that its drug, called imetelstat, met the primary efficacy goal in a Phase III study in certain patients with myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS. The company said it will submit the data to the Food and Drug Administration as it asks the agency this year to approve the drug.
Is Merck stock a buy after Moderna said adding its cancer vaccine to Keytruda reduced the risk of relapse? Is MRK stock a buy now?
Authorities arrested the collection’s founder, Aurelien Michel, at JFK airport on Wednesday evening.
Chemomab's (CMMB) phase II study evaluating CM-101 in NASH patients met its primary endpoint of safety and tolerability.
A husband and wife in their 80s were murdered in their home at a Florida retirement community in what the police called a "random crime," and a female person of interest is now in custody. Darryl Getman, 83, and Sharon Getman, 80, were "enjoying their golden years of retirement" at Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Mount Dora Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson said at a news conference Tuesday. A person of interest in the homicides, 51-year-old Vickie Lynn Williams, has since been found driving the Getmans' car and has been taken into custody in Savannah, Georgia, on car theft charges, police said.
UPDATED: A Grammy-winning recording engineer who has worked in the Nashville music scene for 35 years, Mark Capps, was shot and killed by police in Nashville Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson said he was killed by a SWAT team member after he brandished a gun in his doorway, as police responded to an incident in which […]
The 18-page affidavit is filled with horror new details about the 13 November killings of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin
Julie Chrisley opens up on the 'Chrisley Confessions' podcast about spending time away from her husband, Todd, and their family, alluding to their prison sentences. After being convicted of tax fraud last June, Julie is set to face seven years in prison, while Todd will face 12 years.
The roommate, who slept on the same floor as one of the slain students, told police she saw a masked man walk past her on the night of the murders.
A 10-year-old Australian boy remained in a coma Friday following a collision earlier this week between two helicopters that killed four people, including the boy's mother. Meanwhile, another boy, aged 9, who was hospitalized in critical condition after the crash awoke Thursday after suffering brain trauma, according to health authorities. Another three people who were injured in the collision were discharged from hospitals on Thursday, according to Queensland Health.


What's your reaction?

In Love
Not Sure

You may also like

More in:Diaspora

Comments are closed.