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CMA CGM reinforces CITES procedures
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Qatar commits to transporting humanitarian aid free of charge
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According to the latest Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report, an estimated 201 million people in 134 countries needed international humanitarian assistance in 2017. Johannesburg-based Imperial Logistics chief strategy officer Cobus Rossouw says that there is a dramatic backstory around the complex logistics of getting essential supplies and life-saving medicines to those in need as quickly as possible:

“The first responders that we usually see in news accounts of disasters and conflicts play a critical role in re-establishing the health infrastructure and getting the first medical aid treatment underway; but how do the medicines and medical products actually get to the disaster affected area? What must be done to get them there as quickly as possible; and who is working behind the scenes to achieve this?

“Humanitarian logistics is a branch of logistics that specialises in organising the delivery and warehousing of supplies during natural disasters and emergencies. It is a field in which Imperial Logistics group company Imres has established a global reputation.

“Imres has a long track record of supporting NGOs, governments and aid agencies in executing their emergency relief programmes. For more than 35 years, the Netherlands-based business has been sourcing and distributing the pharmaceuticals, medical consumables, medical kits and hospital equipment that preserves lives after natural and man-made disasters, disease outbreaks and violent conflicts.

“The 2004 Tsunami that hit large parts of densely populated South East Asia and parts of East Africa, and killed 230 000 people, was one of the biggest natural disasters that the world has experienced in recent years.

“It was Boxing Day 2004. At 7:58 local time, a seaquake with a magnitude of 9.3 hit the Indian Ocean about 160km west of Sumatra. Directly after the disaster occurred, the designated NGOs went in to assess the situation. Almost simultaneously, they contacted Imres on the company’s emergency response line. As it was Boxing Day, no one was in the office; but Imres’s core response team was notified and went to the office immediately to prepare whatever was needed to get the right products to the right destinations.

“The core response team consists of logistics, warehouse and sales employees that are trained for these types of situations. They were continuously in close contact with the NGOs, assessing the products needed and actively advising on the fastest way to get the products to the destination.

“The enormous scale of the tsunami quickly became clear, and the first Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs), which Imres always has in stock, were made ready for transport. Within 24 hours, the first IEHKs were at the required destination. In the following days, a total of 84 complete IEHKs were transported to several parts of South East Asia and East Africa.

“The IEHK is a standardised kit of essential medicines, supplies and equipment deployed by United Nations agencies and other partners that respond to large-scale emergencies. This prepacked kit is designed for use when there is a disruption of medical supplies in an emergency situation. It efficiently fills the gap until the medical supply mechanisms are restored. One kit is designed to meet the basic health needs of 10,000 people for approximately three months.

“The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in West-Africa was the most widespread ever and resulted in 11,310 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the NGOs and Imres had little experience with an outbreak of this scale.

“Imres’s core response team was bolstered with additional staff from our purchase department as we needed to source personal protective equipment (PPE) that was not in our core product range at that time. As time was against all involved in the crisis, we worked 24/7 to source and procure the right products, with the right specifications and quality, to the Ebola affected areas.”

“One of the most recent disasters that Imres has responded to is the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala in June this year. The volcanic eruption destroyed the infrastructure of a large area, and Imres supplied IEHK kits to support the operations of health facilities on the ground.

“Ongoing humanitarian crises that Imres is involved in include the famine and cholera in Yemen and surrounding areas in sub Saharan Africa, for which cholera kits are being supplied. The company is also supporting the humanitarian aid efforts focused on the ongoing refugee crisis in Yemen, Syria, Kurdistan.”

The Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report has been presenting the most comprehensive available data in an independent and accessible digest since 2000. Each year it is adapted and updated to respond to the changing context. This year it includes a concise presentation of the essential facts and figures. Read more: GHA summary

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