Air Partner winds down Ebola relief work
Between 26 October 2014 and 11 November 2015 Air Partner's Freight team operated a total of 128 flights between the UK and Freetown, Sierra Leone, and the Private Jets division is still operating a helicopter on a wet lease to this day.
November 26, 2015
By PLA Editor
Air Partner is winding down its Ebola relief work after more than a year as Sierra Leone is declared Ebola-free. The weekend of the 7-8 November marked a promising milestone in the fight against Ebola, with Sierra Leone being declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation and no new cases reported in Guinea – a first since the epidemic broke out in March last year.
While the war against the disease is by no means over nevertheless, huge progress has been made since the peak of the crisis, when the three worst affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) reported over 700 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases in a single week.
The outbreak has been the most widespread incidence of Ebola in history with the World Health Organisation giving the number of confirmed deaths at around 11,300, but the actual number is believed to be as much as three times higher. The global response has been overwhelming, Air Partner notes, with billions of dollars pledged to help those both directly and indirectly affected. However, the highly contagious nature of Ebola has made the provision of aid extremely difficult, particularly from a logistical perspective.
Air Partner has worked continuously with governments, NGOs and aid agencies since the outbreak to provide the affected regions with vital supplies. Between 26 October 2014 and 11 November 2015 the Freight team operated a total of 128 flights between the UK and Freetown, Sierra Leone, and the Private Jets division is still operating a helicopter on a wet lease to this day.