FedEx has committed approximately $1m in cash, transportation support and a chartered flight to deliver critical medical aid and supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake. The Memphis-based global transportation and logistics company is mobilizing its disaster relief programme through its existing relationships with Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, Water Missions International, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
“FedEx is committed to responding to the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal,” said Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp. “Working together with international relief organizations, we are utilizing our global transportation network to assist in this massive recovery effort.”
Through the company’s monetary and transportation contribution, FedEx will transport life-saving medical supplies and medicines, shelter, and water treatment systems to Nepal. Specific contributions include
On behalf of Direct Relief FedEx is transporting large volumes of IV solutions, medicines, surgical supplies, and other medical essentials requested and approved by Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population. In addition it is Transporting 12 large Living Water Treatment Systems, 31 portable water chlorinators and 12 large water tanks on behalf of Water Missions International. Combined, these systems will provide fresh water for up to 370,000 people per day.
The company is also sponsoring Heart to Heart International’s mobile medical clinic, which contains tents, vital medicines, medical supplies, portable medical equipment, communication equipment, non-perishable food and water purification systems. Finally FedEx has made cash donations; providing a $250,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross, which works directly with the Nepal Red Cross Society; and presenting The Salvation Army with a $50,000 cash donation.
“In response to enormous human tragedy in Nepal, Direct Relief is working to ensure that more lives are not put at risk by providing emergency medical aid to the country’s Ministry of Health and to local partners we have worked with for several years,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “The extraordinary step FedEx has taken in making this aircraft and its amazing team available is a powerful force-multiplier to the humanitarian effort underway.”
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