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Humanitarian Logistics

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, CARE, Salvation Army, UN-OCHA, UNICEF, UNISDR, UNHCR, Good360, NVOAD, MedShare, the World Health Organization, The Global Fund, 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 2016, we provided over $15 million in humanitarian relief funding for disaster response, recovery and emergency preparedness, and coordinated 468 humanitarian shipments across 53 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 Japan where a devastating earthquake struck; and in the Caribbean, where Hurricane Matthew 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

In October 2016, UPS, Zipline, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, launched the first medical drone delivery network in the world in partnership with the Rwandan government.

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 help establish the drone delivery network in Rwanda.

While Rwanda’s national drone network is currently focused on the delivery of blood supplies, the plan is to expand the network 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 Global Refugee Crisis continues to escalate, with staggering numbers of families and children fleeing their homes in search of safety from conflict.

Global Refugee Crisis

UPS has provided more than $5 million in ongoing support for the crisis since 2012, including significant funding, in-kind, and volunteer support. In 2016, The UPS Foundation expanded its support of relief efforts in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, 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 Greece 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 six charters and more than forty ocean containers for the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and UNHCR to bring food, blankets and sleeping mats for refugees arriving in Greece. As the Global Refugee crisis continues to escalate, UPS reaffirmed its commitment in September 2016 during U.N. Week, pledging up to an additional $1 Million in 2017 to provide relief to refugee communities and displaced people around the world.