Natural and human-caused disasters often devastate local businesses, demolish infrastructure, displace residents and bring commerce to a halt. When communities around the world must endure these hard times, UPS is there to lend a hand. We work with global relief and aid organizations to respond and help rebuild communities so they’re better prepared to withstand future disasters.
Our global reach and optimized network in more than 220 countries and territories gives us the ability to provide aid when and where it’s needed most. In addition to providing funds and in-kind assistance, UPS also partners with many of the world’s top humanitarian relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Aidmatrix Foundation, CARE, Salvation Army, UN-OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR, Good360, NVOAD, MedShare, WHO, Save the Children and the World Food Programme. A collaboration of our skills and expertise has the power to help communities recover more efficiently and more effectively.
Accelerating Technology for Humanitarian Relief
In 2015, we provided over $10 million in humanitarian relief funding for disaster response, recovery and emergency preparedness, and coordinated 350 humanitarian shipments across 50 countries. This included response to crises around the world where people were in dire need: in Europe where a steady flow of migrants has created a refugee emergency; in Nepal where a devastating earthquake struck; and in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu where Cyclone Pam caused massive destruction.
UPS donates money and materials, but we also donate the time and expertise of our skilled employees who supplement our partner organizations’ efforts by volunteering in times of greatest need. You can learn more about the humanitarian relief efforts of The UPS Foundation in their section.
Taking to the Skies to Deliver Urgent Supplies through Rwanda Drone Network
Rwanda Drone Delivers Humanitarian Relief
Soon there will be a new hope for those in desperate need of critical health products like blood and vaccines in Rwanda, where infrastructure challenges have caused critical health products spoil or fail to reach the individuals who urgently need them. In May 2016, UPS has announced a partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Zipline, a California-based robotics company, to explore using drones to transform the way life-saving medicines like blood and vaccines are delivered across the world.
This public-private partnership with the Rwandan government combines a century of global logistics expertise, cold chain and healthcare delivery from UPS with Zipline’s national drone delivery network and Gavi’s experience in developing countries focused on saving lives and protecting health in the most remote places of the world. The UPS Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in cash, in-kind, and technical support to aid the initial launch of this initiative in Rwanda.
Starting later this year, the Rwandan government will begin using Zipline drones, which can make up to 150 deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusing facilities located in the western half of the country. While Rwanda’s national drone network is initially focused on the delivery of blood supplies, the plan is to expand the initiative to include vaccines, treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and many other essential and lifesaving medicines. Rwanda’s drone delivery operation is expected to save thousands of lives over the next three years and could serve as a model for other countries.
Providing Aid for Syrian Refugees
The refugee crisis in Europe escalated in 2015, with staggering numbers of Syrians and other migrants fleeing their homes in search of safety from conflict.
Global Refugee Crisis
UPS has provided more than $3 million in ongoing support for the crisis since 2012, including significant funding, in-kind, and volunteer support in 2015. The UPS Foundation expanded its support of relief efforts in Europe, worked with partners to provide needed supplies and encouraged volunteer efforts. UNICEF activated its UPS emergency fund to assist refugee children with education, sanitation and protection, while the Salvation Army activated its UPS emergency fund to assist refugees in Athens with nutrition and sanitation products. Additional funding helped with costs of providing legal assistance for housing in Italy and supported integration of refugee youth in Germany. UPS also transported two humanitarian charters for the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR to bring 86 tons of high energy foodstuffs and thousands of blankets and sleeping mats for refugees arriving in Greece.