UNICEF and DP World send critical medical aid to help India tackle the second wave


To help the country in its darkest hour in fighting the second wave of the pandemic, UNICEF, with support of DP World has sent critical medical supplies.

With the support of DP World’s end-to-end logistics services, the equipment was dispatched from UNICEF’s warehouse in Dubai to New Delhi and includes two million face shields and 200,000 surgical masks.

This latest shipment is part of the global partnership between DP World and UNICEF which offers worldwide access to logistical services, including ports, rail, trucking and warehousing for free.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director said: “The tragic situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us”.

“Unless the world steps up and helps India now, there will be reverberations across the region and the world in terms of virus-related deaths, virus mutations and supply delays. The support of DP World and all our other partners have never been more critical.”

~Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director

“DP World partnered with UNICEF because dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is humanity’s biggest logistics challenge in living memory.”

~Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World

This latest dispatch is part of a wider partnership between DP World and UNICEF to support and bolster the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and related immunisation supplies in low and lower middle income countries.

Last week, the UN children’s agency shared how it has sent critical life-saving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests and other equipment to help India combat the devastating new wave of Covid-19. It is also extending its support towards procuring and installing 25 oxygen plants for hospitals in the Northeast and Maharashtra, as well as the installation of thermal scanners at ports of entry countrywide.

Along with the oxygen concentrators, UNICEF has supplied more than 500 high-flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR (Covid testing) machines, as of May 1st.

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