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Airlink Sends 100,000 Pounds of Air Cargo from 5 Nonprofit Partners to Haiti

[ October 21, 2016   //   ]

As health officials warn of a growing cholera epidemic in Haiti, Airlink has sent its first charter flight to the country, delivering more than 100,000 pounds of critical humanitarian aid valued at $1.7 million. The shipment constitutes a coordinated effort between Airlink and five of its NGO partners, and will include hygiene kits, water purification equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medical and surgical supplies.

“Haiti is entering a difficult period right now. While the initial hurricane caused devastation to homes and farmland in the affected areas, cholera continues to be a significant concern.┬áThese supplies are critical to addressing both the immediate and longer-term needs,” said Steven Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “Airlink now has a logistics team on the ground that will focus on supporting responding NGOs in their deployments and we are honored to be able to play our part in helping those in need.”

The shipment, which departed from Miami International Airport on Oct. 18 for Port-au-Prince, addresses the ongoing needs related to emergency medical care as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), with a focus on cholera treatment and mitigation. Airlink, with help from the American Logistics Aid Network and LIFT, coordinated shipments from across the United States, filling an entire Boeing 767 aircraft, flown by AmeriJet. The shipment was made possible through Airlink’s Disaster Response Partnership, which enables Airlink to move quickly to address supply chain issues and drive down logistics costs for NGOs during disasters. The flight includes cargo from five nonprofit partners: Americares, International Medical Corps, MAP International, Medshare, and World Hope International.