Virgin Atlantic continues support for Haiyan victims

While the news coverage has moved on to other world events, victims still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines have received some much needed aid supplies – over 82 tonnes of medical supplies and equipment – courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways which offered its support to UNICEF and Save the Children.


Virgin Atlantic continues support for Haiyan victims


While the news coverage has moved on to other world events, victims still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines have received some much needed aid supplies – over 82 tonnes of medical supplies and equipment – courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways which 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.

Simon Porter, Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s operations manager, Heathrow, said: “It is six months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and its tragic consequences led to a global relief effort and public donations as a result of news coverage and appeals straight after the storm.