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Rattling the rooftops

[ June 1, 2020   //   ]

A Volga-Dnepr IL76 freighter skimmed the beach umbrellas on the Caribbean island of St Maarten when it flew intensive care units into Princess Juliana International Airport, with its famous low-altitude approach.

Mobile hospital manufacturer Hospitainer charted four charter flights two ICU units to the St Maarten medical centre along with six on-carried by barge to the smaller island of St Eustatius.

In addition to the mobile hospitals, Volga-Dnepr Airlines also transported equipment for diagnostics, together with ventilator machines, medicine and essential PPE equipment.

Humanitarian director for the Volga-Dnepr Group, Stuart Smith, who helped to coordinate the project, said: “Due to our diverse aircraft, our Group is able to offer support to organisations and companies who need to fly urgent containerised and pre-fabricated health systems. Our unparalleled fleet combined with the can-do attitude of our load-planning team, means that we are often asked to assist with missions which would otherwise be impossible.”

Hospitainer chief executive, Rolof Mulder, added: “We work from the assumption that access to a doctor, dentist or midwife should not be a privilege – healthcare should be accessible to all. We are aware that so many people around the world do not have these facilities on hand. Therefore, we hope we can help to provide health care where it is really needed.  We always have stock and it is our mission to act quickly and with passion in our work.”