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New partnership launched to expedite supplies in emergencies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a partnership with the World Food Program's (WFP) logistics hubs to expedite the delivery of medical supplies in emergencies.

Each hub will stock strategic supplies of relief goods and equipment that can be deployed within 48 hours. When the network is complete, the facilities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America will allow the agencies to respond to several major crises anywhere in the world at one time.

"The partnership with WFP and our logistics hubs will improve how promptly we can deliver supplies enabling us to save more lives," says Dr. Ala Alwan, Representative of the WHO Director-General for Health Action in Crises.

The collaboration of the logistics hubs combines WHO's capacity building supplies such as Emergency Health Care kits, medicines, and transportation vehicles with the WFP's logistical infrastructure. The hubs are already operating in Brindisi, Italy; Dubai; and Panama with two more in Ghana and Malaysia opening soon.

The two organizations have a strong history of collaboration including most recently in Lebanon where WHO and WFP worked together to deliver supplies promptly despite the conflict and difficult access. In 2005, the agencies worked together on 69 projects in 42 countries. More than 69% of the joint activities were in emergency and recovery operations.

For further information please contact:

Christy Feig
Communications Officer
Health Action in Crisis, WHO
Telephone: +41 22 791 2167
Email: feigc@who.int

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