International Humanitarian City airlifts emergency aid to Somalia


Emergency medical supplies have been dispatched from Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) to support those affected by the recent car bombings in Somalia.

Thirty-eight tonnes of trauma kits and surgical equipment – valued at approximately $130,000 (AED 477,500)– was airlifted from the WHO's Dubai warehouses on Tuesday.

The consignment will help first responders in the Somalian capital Mogadishu ease the suffering of those impacted by the attack that killed at least 120 people and injured over 300 others.

"The IHC facilitated and funded the logistics and transportation cost, accounting for 60 per cent of the total operation’s cost through its Global Humanitarian Impact Fund (GHIF), which mobilizes resources from across the private and public sectors," said Giuseppe Saba, CEO of IHC.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said: "On Saturday, WHO’s Logistics Hub in Dubai coordinated the first charter flight carrying supplies to treat approximately 2,500 patients for trauma and burn-related injuries. These additional supplies are critically needed to ensure that essential medicines and infusions are available in Mogadishu to care for blast victims and prevent further loss of life."

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