Virgin Atlantic supports UNICEF and Save The Children
Virgin Atlantic’s continued support for Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan Response has helped the charity with continued supply of medical supplies.
May 29, 2014
Over 82 tons of medical supplies and equipment needed to help victims still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan have reached the Philippines after Virgin Atlantic Airways offered its support to UNICEF and Save the Children.
With four of its aircraft heading to the Philippines for routine maintenance work, Virgin Atlantic approached the charities to offer the cargo capacity on the flights free of charge. Shipments destined for UNICEF staff on the ground in the Philippines and the country’s Department of Health included hospital equipment, water purification tablets and life-saving drugs to treat malaria, bacterial infections and diarrhoea. The flights also carried kits for midwives to help mothers give birth safely and protect their babies in the first months of life, crucial drugs and medicines, including amoxicillin to help fight off bacterial infections, and medical equipment that helped Save the Children re-equip and run mobile health units and hospitals in affected areas.
Virgin Atlantic’s continued support for Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan Response has helped the charity to provide 3,500 children with Vitamin A to boost their immune system and protect them against blindness, and for 2,789 children to be vaccinated against measles and 3,000 against polio.