Boeing and Ethiopian airlines join together for humanitarian flight
Somalia, February 2, 2015 (STAT):-Boeing joined with Ethiopian Airlines and three separate non-profit organizations to deliver more than 4,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment for charities and hospitals in Ethiopia and Somalia. The deliveries, carried on the ferry flight of Ethiopian's newest 787 Dreamliner, were made to a number of medical institutions via Vital Voices Global Partnership, Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services (HANDS) and Seattle Alliance Outreach (SAO). The Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is a collaboration effort between Boeing, airline customers and non-profit organizations to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the world to communities in need or crisis. Since Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flight program began in 1992, the company has facilitated more than 170 humanitarian delivery flights, including 10 in 2014, working in partnership with more than 50 airlines worldwide. "Ethiopian Airlines continues to be a leader in corporate social responsibility activities in Ethiopia. With this delivery flight, we are also very happy to facilitate the supply of much needed medical supplies in neighboring Somalia as well," said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. " The shipment includes an autoclave to sterilize surgery equipment which will be used by a new kidney dialysis center in Ethiopia, as well as neonatal medical equipment for Jimma University, College of Public Health & Health Sciences which is dedicated to saving infant lives. Vital Voices Global Partnership will send medications, computers and medical equipment valued at approximately$68,000 onwards from Addis Ababa to the Hawa Abdi Foundation in Somalia, a charity that provides basic needs through the access to healthcare. "The Vital Voices Northwest Council has been thrilled by Seattle's enthusiasm and generous donations to this important cause," said Rosita Van Coevorden, chair of the Vital Voices Northwest Council. "We are delighted to be donating state-of-the-art medical supplies such as hospital-grade defibrillators that will provide sorely needed resources at the Hawa Abdi General Hospital." "Ethiopian Airlines is an active partner in Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship's Humanitarian Delivery Flights program," said Liz Warman, director, Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship, Northwest region. "We have a long history together not only buying and selling airplanes, but also working in collaboration and using our respective resources to help deliver medical supplies and equipment to those who are in most need of them in Ethiopia and Somalia."