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From Italy to Liberian Jungles: Follow the Ebola Cargo Trail

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.

8 Loggies in Liberia You Need to Meet

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.

An Inside Look at WFP's Main Logistics Hub in Monrovia

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.

WFP donates trucks to reach displaced Syrians in war zones

A recent donation of trucks by WFP is helping a fellow humanitarian partner to reach the most vulnerable inside Syria.

The Top 5 Ways Logistics is Fighting Ebola

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:

Engineers and logisticians unite against Ebola

Right now, WFP is doing something it has never done before.

The Logistics of Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola response is requiring the support of the entire humanitarian community. WFP is assisting UN agencies, NGOs and Governments with critical logistics support.

Bringing school supplies to the children of Gaza

Students from Gaza are benefitting from a delivery of school supplies this week, as they begin a new academic year. A humanitarian convoy recently brought these supplies along with other relief items including cooking oil, flour and bed sheets.

Supporting the Ebola Response: An Interview with a WFP Logistician

Alastair Cook is a WFP logistician deployed to Monrovia, Liberia to support much needed food deliveries across the country, where WFP has reached over 43,000 people since the beginning of July. We were able to speak with Alastair about how things are going in Liberia, and this is what he had to say:

Combatting Malaria in Zambia, One Mosquito Net at a Time

During 2013 and 2014, the Government of Zambia is undertaking the mass distribution of nearly nine million insecticide-treated mosquito nets, distributing to all provinces across the country. Working together with donors, the UN community, faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector, all of the country's ten provinces will be covered.