Video: Dubai ruler orders humanitarian airlift to Sudan


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai ordered an emergency humanitarian airlift to Sudan, carrying essential medical supplies in response to the evolving l emergency and in support of ongoing World Health Organization (WHO) operations in the country.

Dubai International Humanitarian City (IHC) facilitated three rotations of Boeing 747 cargo flights by the Royal Air Wing Dubai fleet, made available on the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The three flights will transport 283,805 kilograms of medicines, medical supplies and health kits to Sudan to support the Sudanese people, alleviate their suffering and save precious lives.

This humanitarian airlift comes in response to the current health emergency facing the Sudanese people due to critical shortages of essential medicines and the congestion of Port Sudan operations with a backlog of containers, delaying the delivery of supplies life-saving medical conditions and increases the vulnerability of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. The rainy season in Sudan has also resulted in an increase in the frequency of transmission of water-borne diseases, further complicating the medical emergency.

The first flight of three to Sudan departed this morning, Sunday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m. from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Khartoum, carrying 92,220 kilograms of medicine, medical aid and health kits , provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). Meanwhile, the second flight will leave DXB for Khartoum on Wednesday, October 27, carrying 93,097 kilograms of additional aid, followed by the third flight which will leave DXB for Khartoum on Thursday, October 28 with 98,488 kilograms of additional aid carried.

Dr Nima Abid, WHO Representative in Sudan, said: “We are very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for making his Royal Plane available to WHO and for the continued support of Dubai to the realization of these flights. The expedited transport and delivery of medicines and aid will undoubtedly save lives and alleviate suffering, and we are grateful for the support of all parties involved in coordinating this historic operation. “

“Sudan continues to suffer from the impact of global supply chain disruptions affecting the transportation and delivery of essential medicines. These flights come at a critical time as Sudan faces higher transmission of water-borne diseases due to the rainy season, as well as a growing number of vulnerable populations in need of humanitarian and medical assistance. Added Dr Abid.

Mr. Giuseppe Saba, CEO of the International Humanitarian City, said: “In less than two months, the Dubai Royal Air Wing returns to Sudan and supports the WHO, the organization at the forefront of the fight against the Covid pandemic -19. This airlift is another example of the personal commitment and dedication of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to help and support those most in need. ”

The first humanitarian airlift flight successfully delivered aid to Sudan on Sunday October 24, which also marks United Nations Day 2021, affirming His Highness and the International Humanitarian City’s dedication to unity world and humanity, working hand in hand with the nine United Nations humanitarian organizations housed in the International Humanitarian City of Dubai, ” he added.

This airlift represents the largest airlift ordered between the United Arab Emirates and Sudan. The World Health Organization (WHO) will deliver essential drugs and medical supplies from its logistics center in Dubai to Khartoum to meet the health needs of 1.5 million people and support the protection of more than 300,000 health workers. frontline health. Shipments valued at over US $ 2 million also include essential pediatric drugs.

The supplies will be immediately distributed upon arrival at health facilities in 19 states in Sudan. The WHO logistics center in Dubai is also deploying technical staff with supplies to facilitate the operation.

This year, the WHO logistics center in Dubai delivered a total of 25 shipments to Sudan worth US $ 1.4 million. In 2020, the hub supported eight vital shipments to Sudan worth $ 900,000.

Through its logistics hub in Dubai, WHO is able to deliver vital supplies immediately and efficiently to countries around the world. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hub has shipped more than US $ 90 million worth of medical supplies to more than 120 countries.