Rapid response from the air: medicines successfully delivered using a parcel drone in East Africa [Humanitarian Logistics]
DHL, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and drone manufacturer Wingcopter complete successful pilot project
More than 180 take-offs and landings, over 2,200 km flown and roughly 2,000 flight minutes recorded
Revolutionising the delivery of medicines to remote areas using drones - the pilot project Deliver Future proves that it's not science fiction. Three experts in their respective fields are making it happen: DHL, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German drone manufacturer Wingcopter. Over a six-month period, they successfully tested the delivery of medicines using a drone to an island in Lake Victoria. During the trials, the autonomous DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 completed the 60 km flight from the mainland to the island in 40 minutes on average. A total of 2,200 km were flown and roughly 2,000 flight minutes recorded during the pilot project.
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Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP get Sarajevo International Airport ready to support disaster relief efforts [Humanitarian Logistics]
44th Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) workshop will be held in Bosnia-Herzegovina September 24-28
The four-day training and assessment program will result in the creation of a customized disaster response action plan for Sarajevo International Airport
Bosnia and Herzegovina is vulnerable to natural and climate related hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, heat waves, droughts and wild fires. In the immediate aftermath of such disasters, airports play a critical role in channeling humanitarian teams and relief goods quickly to people in need. To build resilience against future natural disasters, Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) team up with Sarajevo International Airport, the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Communications and Transport, military representatives as well as other government officials and humanitarian response experts at Sarajevo International Airport to conduct their internationally recognized Getting Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program from September 24 to 28.
In 2014 the flood that impacted parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina was the worst flooding in 120 years and required authorities to declare a state of emergency. The floods affected one million people and destroyed infrastructure, businesses, livelihoods, farms and crops. Sarajevo airport played a key role in flying in relief supplies from abroad. As the effects of climate change continue to manifest themselves, Bosnia and Herzegovina expect to face more extreme weather challenges.
"Creating a disaster resilient infrastructure which includes disaster ready airports is crucial in order to save lives and reduce economic loss", underlined Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina Deputy Resident Representative. "Better preparedness of all institutions involved to promptly act when disaster occurs and coordinate the response is a must", added Khoshmukhamedov.
"During times of emergency and disaster it is essential to have a trained team and a customized surge response plan in place. All team members should know how to handle the dramatic rise in air traffic and the flow of goods and people that typically follows a disaster," said Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs for Deutsche Post DHL Group. "Sarajevo International Airport is a strategically important airport in case of a natural disaster. In the Region Armenian and Kazakh airport authorities are already GARD trained and therefore well prepared for a surge in air traffic."
Over 25 participating officials and experts will join the four-day GARD workshop led by Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP experts. During the program, participants and trainers will evaluate the current level of preparedness at the airport, conduct training exercises, and develop specific recommendations as well as an individual action plan to ensure that the airport is prepared for future disasters.
Armin Kajmaković, director of International airport Sarajevo underscored the importance infrastructural capabilities and efficient administrative procedures play in quickly and effectively channeling relief efforts from airports to affected communities. “In addition to reassessing airport facilities and strengthening staff expertise, the workshop will lead to a series of follow-up activities including an action plan that we can use to build up our readiness for any potential emergencies,” Kajmaković continued. "We are committed to working together with all emergency counterparts to follow up on implementation and further strengthening our resilience."
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Kuehne + Nagel Ghana to provide emergency and relief logistics for major social enterprise [Humanitarian Logistics]
With the inauguration today, the branch office in Accra officially opened its doors. Operations have been successfully taken up, following the IDA Foundation Aid & Relief award to deliver 150 40 feet containers of mosquito nets to Ghana’s Ministry of Health.
Within the short time frame of one month, Kuehne + Nagel will ship the significant amount of mosquito nets from Denmark to Ghana, where they will be distributed to local health centres as part of a national campaign against malaria. Due to the geopolitical environment in the region, emergency and relief logistics is a major focus of Kuehne + Nagel Middle East and Africa. The cooperation with the IDA Foundation showcases the company’s extensive experience to provide freight forwarding and tailor-made logistics services for a broad range of customers and industries.
“Kuehne + Nagel Ghana is delighted to assist the IDA Foundation in accomplishing this humanitarian aid project and we look forward to creating a meaningful partnership to support the progress of the region in the coming years,” says Jeffrey J.O.Peprah, Kuehne + Nagel Ghana National Manager.
Aligned with the business development efforts in the region, additional initiatives have been set off to increase awareness of customers in the humanitarian aid sector. With its strategic location, the Kuehne + Nagel office branch in Accra is well positioned to provide cross-border forwarding and industry-specific logistics solutions to customers operating in West Africa, specifically in Ghana and its neighbouring countries.
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