The first batch of humanitarian cargo sent to the Aral Sea region from the USA
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Uzbek diplomats led by Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov took part in the official ceremony of sending the first batch of humanitarian aid of the American charitable organization "Project C.U.R.E." for residents of Karakalpakstan, held in the city of Seattle in Washington state, Dunyo news agency reported.
According to the Embassy, the event was also attended by Boeing Vice President Monta Fraser, President of Project C.U.R.E. Douglas Jackson, director of this NGO for work with foreign governments Melisa Esposti.
This event was organized jointly with "Project C.U.R.E." and Boeing as part of the agreement on the delivery of humanitarian cargo to the Republic of Karakalpakstan in the form of ten 40-foot containers containing selected medical supplies, equipment, mobile ventilators and healthcare items for a total of US$3 million. The agreements were reached in 2019 following the meeting of the head of the Ambassador with the President of the NGO Project C.U.R.E. Douglas Jackson and visits to the organization's warehouses in West Grove, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas.
The total volume of the first batch of Project C.U.R.E. humanitarian cargo sent from Seattle, formed in accordance with the request of the Ministry of Health of Karakalpakstan, amounted to about 6 tons, which, in particular, included essential medical supplies for equipping emergency centers. The transportation of this cargo from Kansas City (Missouri) to Seattle (Washington) for a distance of over 3 thousand km was carried out free of charge by one of the activists of the Uzbek diaspora in Pennsylvania, the founder of the logistics company Ahmadjon Odilov. In addition, with the assistance of the charity organization Give to Get International, created by compatriots in the United States, the expenses of independent experts were paid to assess the needs of medical institutions in Karakalpakstan.
In his welcoming speech, Boeing Vice President Monta Fraser noted that the company's management values close partnerships with Uzbekistan airways over the past 25 years and highly appreciates the achievements of the Government of Uzbekistan in the development of the republic's aviation sector.
“Today's event on the dispatch of the first batch of humanitarian cargo from medical supplies to the Republic of Karakalpakstan by plane“Dreamliner”, organized jointly with the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States and Project C.U.R.E., emphasized Monta Fraser. “We are very pleased to be part of this charity event, especially now - at the most difficult time associated with the coronavirus pandemic.” In addition, as a Boeing spokesman noted, this event was a clear example of a successful public-private partnership represented by an American aircraft manufacturer, a non-profit organization and the Embassy.
In this context, Monta Fraser, confirming Boeing's commitment to continuing strategic cooperation with Uzbekistan, solemnly presented Project C.U.R.E. a check for 100 thousand dollars, which will be used to finance the transportation of the next four out of ten containers with humanitarian cargo for the Aral Sea region.
President of Project C.U.R.E. Douglas Jackson stressed that he was very pleased with the result achieved and the dispatch of the first batch of humanitarian aid to medical institutions in Karakalpakstan, which was agreed upon in 2019. “We have been moving towards this for a long time, almost 2 years, but the most important thing is that there is no better moment than sending humanitarian cargo now to support the multimillion population of the Aral Sea region, who have suffered and are tired of the consequences of the Aral Sea drought and the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
Douglas Jackson welcomed the successful completion of the assessment and the formation of a list of 24 medical institutions in Karakalpakstan that have the most urgent needs for medical equipment and technology. In this context, he stated that a selection of medical equipment and equipment for a total of US$3 million is underway, which will be delivered in the next 9 containers, including electro-hydraulic operating tables, hemodialysis machines, ultrasound equipment, X-ray scanners, incubators intensive care for newborns, defibrillators, laboratory devices, medical oxygen cylinders, trolleys (trolleys) for transporting patients, CPAP-therapy devices, anesthesia and respiratory devices, churches with support, mattresses for operating tables.
In turn, the Ambassador expressed gratitude to Boeing and Project C.U.R.E. for the charitable assistance provided to the residents of the Aral Sea zone. The participants of the event were informed about the socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea region and the efforts of the Government to improve the quality of life of the population of Karakalpakstan. Special attention of the American side was drawn that thanks to the humanitarian aid Project C.U.R.E. it is possible to meet the urgent needs of the local health care system in equipping medical institutions in the region with modern equipment and technology necessary to provide first medical emergency aid to the population, especially during a pandemic.
The humanitarian aid will be delivered from Seattle to Tashkent by the new Dreamliner, the last of seven airliners manufactured at the Boeing plant for Uzbekistan Airways, on 5 May and will be further transported to the city of Nukus. The next four containers with humanitarian aid containing medical equipment and equipment will be delivered to the Aral Sea area by the end of summer.
NGO Project C.U.R.E. established in 1987, assists developing countries in overcoming the shortage of modern medical equipment and devices, has large distribution centers in 6 US states - Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, Illinois and Pennsylvania. It ships 2 40-foot containers weekly (over 200 containers per year), each of which can, on average, contain US$300,000 worth of medical items collected from medical equipment manufacturers, wholesale suppliers, clinics, individuals and others. Over the years, the NGO has become the world's largest distributor of medical supplies for charity purposes. Currently, its activities cover 135 countries of the world. The number of volunteers of the organization exceeds 20 thousand people. Forbes listed her as one of the top twenty charities in the United States.