By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) this month deployed over 1,000 metric tons of life saving supplies for children all over the world setting a record for largest amount of emergency aid delivered in a single month.
According to UNICEF, the delivery in August is the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month. According to the UNICEF report the amount of supplies delivered would fill 19 cargo jumbo jets.
“UNICEF’s massive deployment responds to a massive need in many different countries at the same time,” said Shanelle Hall, UNICEF’s director of Supply and Logistics Operations. “Now it is vital to keep humanitarian corridors open so these supplies continue to reach the children who desperately need them.”
According to UNICEF, much of the delivery was due to a response to the conflict in Iraq and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In 27 days, the organization’s Copenhagen supply hub in Denmark dispatched 33 emergency cargo loads to the world’s most troubled regions. These areas include the Central African Republic, Iraq, Liberia, Palestine, South Sudan and Syria.
“During multiple crises of this magnitude children must come first. UNICEF is committed to staying the course. As long as children are in need we will continue to undertake these urgent, complex and vast supply operations,” Hall said.
The Central African Republic received over 26 metric tons in medical equipment, vaccines, emergency food rations and hardware. Displaced families in Iraq received over 500 metric tons of emergency food rations, water, medical supplies, tents and 4 million doses of polio vaccine after a spike in polio cases in that country.
Liberia received aid to help with the combating the Ebola outbreak in the form of 248 metric tons of UNICEF supplies such as latex gloves, safety goggles, and other safety equipment.
Palestine has received 3.5 metric tons of supplies in the form of essential medicines for Gaza to restock hospitals and health facilities that have been damaged in the ongoing conflict in that region.