Interna'onal  Medical  Corps  Partners  with  Wings  of  Help,  Lu<hansa,   and  Interna'onal   Relief   Teams

 to  Deliver  50  Tons  of  Relief  to  Drought  and  Famine-­‐Affected  in  East  Africa
 Contact/Interna'onal  Medical  Corps: Crystal  Wells 617.913.07940  or  cwells@Interna9onalMedicalCorps.org September  20,  2011,  Los  Angeles,  Calif.  -­‐  The  German  humanitarian  agency,  LuGfahrt  ohne  Grenzen,  or  Wings  of   Help,  is  coordina9ng  its  second  shipment  of  relief  supplies  from  Germany  to  the  Horn  of  Africa,  where  13  million   people   are  in   need  of   emergency   assistance.  The  supplies,  which   include  50  tons  of   vital   medicines,  nutrient-­‐ dense  foods,  and  other  relief  items  will  be  transported  to   Kenya  on  a  cargo  flight  donated  by  LuGhansa  Airlines,   and  will  be  distributed  in  partnership  with  Interna9onal  Medical  Corps  and  its  teams  on  the  ground  in  Kenya. “Interna9onal   Medical  Corps  is  deeply   moved   by   the   compassion   and   dedica9on   of   LuGfahrt   ohne   Grenzen,   LuGhansa,   and   Interna9onal   Relief   Teams   to   make   this   second   shipment   of   lifesaving   humanitarian   relief   possible,”  says   Rabih  Torbay,  Interna9onal  Medical  Corps  Vice  President  of  Interna9onal  Opera9ons.   “ Tragically,   the  famine  condi9ons  in   Somalia  are  expected  to   con9nue  into   2012  and  these  supplies  will  allow  us  to  expand   and  deepen  our  response  to  meet  those  needs.” “The  hunger  crisis   in  East  Africa  con9nues  to  escalate  and  LuGfahrt  ohne   Grenzen   is   very  proud   to  be  working   with  Interna9onal  Medical  Corps  to  bring  cri9cal  relief   to  the   most  vulnerable,”   says  Frank   Franke,   President  &   CEO  of   LuGfahrt  ohne  Grenzen.   “As  we  have  with  other  emergencies  in  Hai9,  Pakistan,   and  Japan,  LuGfahrt  ohne   Grenzen  and   Interna9onal  Medical  Corps  are  commi_ed  to  working   together  to  get  what   is  most  needed  where   it  is  most  needed  so  that  we  have  maximum  impact  on  the  lives  of  those  affected.” “Our  supporters  have  been  very  responsive  to  the  dire  situa9on  in  East  Africa,”  says  Barry  La  Forgia  Interna9onal   Relief  Teams  Execu9ve  Director.  “With  their  support,  we  were  able  to  contribute  the  nutrient-­‐dense,  therapeu9c   food,  Plumpy’Nut,  to  this  airliG,  which  will  make  a  difference  in  the  lives  of  hundreds  of  malnourished  children.” The   supplies,   which   are   expected   to   leave   Germany   on   September   21,   will   be   distributed   in   the   Dadaab     complex,   the   world’s   largest   refugee   camp.   They   will   support   Interna9onal   Medical   Corps   opera9ons   in   Kambioos  camp  as  well   as   drought-­‐affected  areas  in  the  Eastern  province  of   Kenya  (in  Isiolo);   in  the   RiG   Valley   (Samburu   and  Laikipia);  and  Coast  Province  (Tana  river  and  Tana  Delta).  The  airliG  is  also  carrying  medicines  to   help  hospitals  in  Nairobi  care  for   those  injured   and  in  cri9cal  condi9on  following   last  week’s  pipeline  explosion  in   one  of  the  city’s  slums.   Having   worked  in  the  region   since  1991,  Interna9onal   Medical  Corps  is  reaching   famine  and   drought-­‐affected   popula9ons  inside  Somalia  as  well  as  in  Kenya  and   Ethiopia.  Interna9onal   Medical  Corps  is  caring   for  refugees   and   host   communi9es   with   lifesaving   interven9ons,   including   health   care;   nutri9on;   water,   sanita9on,   and   hygiene;  and  gender-­‐based  violence  services.   More  on  Interna'onal  Medical  Corps: Since  its  incep*on  27  years   ago,  Interna*onal  Medical  Corps’  mission  has   been  consistent:   relieve  the  suffering  of   those   impacted   by   war,   natural   disaster,   and   disease,   by   delivering   vital   health   care   services   that   focus   on   training.  This  approach  of   helping  people  help  themselves   is   cri*cal  to  returning  devastated  popula*ons   to  self-­‐ reliance.  For  more  informa*on  visit:    www.Interna*onalMedicalCorps.org.    Also  see  us   on  Facebook  and  follow  us   on  TwiHer.

More  on  Lu<fahrt  ohne  Grenzen: LuJfahrt   ohne   Grenzen   (Wings   of   Help)   supports   humanitarian   organiza*ons   worldwide   through   the   coordina*on   of   air   transport   for   rescue   workers,   supplies   and   pa*ents.   For   more   informa*on,   visit   www.luJfahrtohnegrenzen.de More  on  Interna'onal  Relief  Teams: Interna*onal  Relief   Teams   is   a   San  Diego-­‐based  501(c)(3)   nonprofit   organiza*on  that  assists  vic*ms   of  disaster,   poverty   and   neglect.   For   more   than   23   years   of   serving   those   in   need   with   efficiency   and   integrity,   the   organiza*on   focuses   on  four   core   areas   –   medical   training,   surgical  outreach,   health  promo*on,   and   disaster   relief   –   that  combine   short-­‐term   relief   efforts   and  long-­‐term  programs   to  save  and   change   lives.    Interna*onal   Relief  Teams  had  total  revenues  of  $26.9  million  in  2010.  For  more  informa*on  visit:    www.irteams.org.    Also  see   us  on  Facebook.                                                                                                                                      ###

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