The International Humanitarian City (IHC) chartered two aircraft rotations to transport the vital cargo from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Khartoum Airport.
The planes landed in Khartoum, carrying WHO supplies weighing 54 metric tons at a total value of AED3 million ($816,000), which is estimated to reach over 700,000 beneficiaries.
The WHO and IHC are dispatching emergency health kits, personnel protection equipment, laboratory tests and appropriate medical supplies stored within IHC premises.
The aim is to help Sudan ease challenges in detecting, preventing, and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and providing treatments.
Chief Executive Officer of International Humanitarian City Giuseppe Saba said that "by supporting the emergency response of its member community, IHC’s efforts reflect Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for assisting populations affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies.”
"IHC has been always together with its community and will continue to pro-actively support humanitarian actions and continue to serve communities in need.”
WHO Representative in Sudan Dr. Nima Abid said that "these supplies are a lifeline for people in need of health care in Sudan."
"Support from IHC has allowed us to deliver these supplies at a time when they are most needed, to make sure people have access to the health services they need and avoid unnecessary loss of lives.”
Abid further expressed that the WHO is grateful "to the United States Agency for International Development, the European Commission for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, the Sudan Humanitarian Response Fund, and WHO’s Central Emergency Response Fund, whose generous contributions allowed the procurement of these urgently-needed supplies.”