|Medical supplies being loaded onto Ethiopian’s newest 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines and three separate non-profit organizations have teamed up 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 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 medication, computers and medical equipment from Addis Ababa to the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation in Somalia, a charity that provides basic needs through the access to healthcare.
The delivery is part of the Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, a collaboration effort between Boeing, airline customers and non-profit organizations to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the world to communities in need or crisis.