Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines and three separate non-profit organisations have delivered more than 1,814kg of medical supplies and equipment for charities and hospitals in Ethiopia and Somalia. The deliveries, carried on the ferry flight of Ethiopian’s newest B787 Dreamliner, were made to a number of medical institutions via Vital Voices Global Partnership, Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services (HANDS) and Seattle Alliance Outreach (SAO).
“Ethiopian Airlines continues to be a leader in corporate social responsibility activities in Ethiopia. With this delivery flight, we are also very happy to facilitate the supply of much needed medical supplies in neighbouring Somalia as well,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
The shipment includes an autoclave to sterilise surgical equipment, which will be used by a new kidney dialysis centre in Ethiopia, as well as neonatal medical equipment for Jimma University, College of Public Health & Health Sciences that is dedicated to saving infant lives. Vital Voices Global Partnership will send medications, computers and medical equipment valued at approximately US$68,000 onwards from Addis Ababa to the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation in Somalia, a charity that provides basic needs through the access to healthcare.