On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID -19) outbreak an international public health emergency. In the months that followed, the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, China spread around the globe.
A shortage of personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to combat the spread of the illness, along with a reduction in commercial flights to the most heavily impacted areas, are causing constraints for responding organizations.
Airlink is working with nonprofit partners and airlines to support response efforts by arranging transport of supplies, facilitating collaborative programming and procurement, and fostering information sharing.
In April 2020, Airlink launched the AviationC.A.R.E.S. (Co-ordinated Air Response for Emergency Supplies) campaign to provide a sustainable pipeline of airlift for relief organizations working to support communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond the immediate COVID-19 focused needs of relief organizations, this funding will be used to help fuel relief efforts for fragile communities enduring ongoing natural disasters during the pandemic.
Airlink’s global impact fund under the AviationC.A.R.E.S. umbrella aims to raise $10M in cash and in-kind support from individuals, corporate, and foundation donors to underwrite transportation and logistics for a growing network of nonprofit relief organizations. Learn more about AviationC.A.R.E.S.
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