FedEx brings medical supplies for 'Yolanda' victims


Posted at Nov 25 2013 05:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2013 01:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines - FedEx teamed up with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International and filled a chartered MD-11 FedEx cargo aircraft with nearly 200,000 pounds of pharmaceutical and medical supplies for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).

The shipment, worth over $10 million, was delivered to typhoon-hit communities in the Philippines today.

The chartered FedEx plane departed from Los Angeles last November 23 and arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport earlier today.

The cargo includes personal care and hygiene items, pharmaceuticals, and first-aid kits.

"FedEx team members around the globe, in Asia Pacific and in particular the Philippines, are committed to assisting with the recovery effort,” said David L. Cunningham Jr., president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express.

"FedEx has a long history of connecting non-profit organizations with communities in need, especially in the wake of a disaster of this scale. We are privileged to be using our extensive global network and logistical expertise to bring relief supplies to victims of the typhoon."

In addition to the shipment of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals departing this week, FedEx also teamed up with Water Missions International earlier in November to deliver two “Living Water Treatment Systems” capable of filtering more than 5,000 gallons of water per day.

Those water treatment systems are now in use in the Philippines to meet the vital needs of those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.