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|UNICEF humanitarian supplies are loaded on to a charter 747 leaving Schiphol on 25/07/11. 105 MT of medicines, health and midwifery kits, and oral rehydration salts, were flown to Nairobi and trucked to famine-affected southern Somalia.|
Copenhagen Updated 11 October 2011 - UNICEF appeals to air transport industry to help save children’s lives in the Horn of Africa.
“We have plenty of therapeutic food available, but right now, it’s not where it needs to be,” said Shanelle Hall, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division. “Every jumbo jet we can fill with 100 metric tonnes of therapeutic food could save 6,000 lives."
Therapeutic and supplementary food contain protein, vitamins and minerals that can treat malnutrition that has affected more that 2.3 million children in the Horn of Africa - more than half a million at imminent risk of death. The largest suppliers of these foods are based in Belgium, France, India, and Italy, but transport from Europe to East Africa is costly.
The price is USD 300,000 to fly 100 metric tonnes of from Paris to fly to Nairobi -- which is more than the cost of the food itself. In October, a food transit hub will be set up in Dubai as a collection point for supplementary food from India and Belgium, which will then be shipped by sea to Mogadishu. The food transit hub will help improve the speed and efficiency of getting 5,000 MT of required supplementary food into southern Somalia every month for as long as there is a need.
If you are able to donate air cargo space, please contact Joan Howe (email@example.com) at UNICEF Supply Division.
The below visualisation shows an overview of international freight to the Horn of Africa during July, August and September as part of UNICEF's response to the ongoing famine.