Another cargo plane is flying from the Italian coastal town of Brindisi to Monrovia, the capital of one of three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly Ebola disease. This aircraft - the fifth chartered plane to leave the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi – is carrying more than USD$600,000 worth of equipment needed to respond to the crisis. Does it look like a bunch of big boxes? It is! But follow the cargo trail below to see how the cargo is reaching remote corners of Liberia and helping the Government, WHO and other organizations fight Ebola.
Purchase for Progress
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More than ever before, the humanitarian community is relying on WFP’s logistics team as their ally in the fight against Ebola. International contributions are forthcoming and generous, but the success of this unique emergency response depends on getting critical supplies of protective gear, medical items, equipment and aid workers wherever they’re needed. WFP ‘loggies’ from UNHAS, UNHRD and the Logistics Cluster are working in overdrive. Meet eight of them in Liberia.
Boxes filled with essential relief and supplies for the Ebola response are piled up in a Liberia basketball stadium, ready to be dispatched all over the country. They sit in front of the stands, where crowds of basketball fans would usually cheer on their team. The sounds of truck engines and pallets being moved now fill the air. This is the heart of the WFP’s main logistics hub in Monrovia.
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In addition to providing food assistance, WFP is working closely with medical, humanitarian and government partners across West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. Here are the top 5 ways logistics is supporting the humanitarian community: