Humanitarian aid flown in to ?Action Against Hunger?, Dubai

Cargo to arrive in A380 on the way to the Dubai airshow, Vital equipment to support NGO?s worldwide programmes

15 November 2009 Press Release

Cargo to arrive in A380 on the way to the Dubai airshow, Vital equipment to support NGO?s worldwide programmes

An Airbus A380 arriving for the Dubai Airshow will carry with it eight tonnes of humanitarian aid.  The delivery, facilitated by the Airbus Corporate Foundation, a non-commercial arm of the leading aircraft manufacturer, and its partners, will boost crucial stocks at Action Against Hunger?s hub in the emirate ? strategically located to serve a global effort.

Founded in France in 1979, Action Against Hunger is recognised as one of the most important humanitarian organisations combating hunger and malnutrition worldwide. It is an issue that affects approximately one billion people across the globe, with most lacking access to clean water leading to disease and malnutrition, and remains the largest single contributor to child mortality.  Today?s delivery of water purification equipment, more than 50 cubic metres, the equivalent of two 20? standard sea freight containers, to the non-governmental organisation?s (NGO) Dubai base is central to its efforts.

Tom Enders, Head of the Airbus Corporate Foundation and President and CEO of Airbus, said:  ?Thanks to all our partners, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has been able to support Action Against Hunger by transporting vital emergency sanitation equipment to one of the key storage hubs. This is a great example of how aviation, being a key enabler of global economic and social development and an essential resource for humanitarian efforts, can help in a very tangible way. We hope this to be the start of a long-term partnership between both our organisations.?

Action Against Hunger is increasing stocks at its Dubai base to capitalise on the emirate?s strategic location from which to serve a coordinated global effort in response to emergency situations elsewhere in the world.  The non-profit, non-religious organisation has established an international network to deliver life-saving programmes in some 45 countries, specialising in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity. A primary concern of these projects is to facilitate the provision of ? and access to ? safe water through programmes that currently reach four million people each year.

Erland Egiziano, Logistics Director Action Against Hunger, said: ?More than one billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.  These issues are the root cause of many infections that lead to sickness and ultimately malnutrition and are responsible for 2.2 million preventable deaths each year ? mostly among children.  In our efforts to eliminate hunger, clean water is as essential as food. The equipment being delivered today by the Airbus Corporate Foundation is vital in restoring dignity, self-sufficiency and independence for vulnerable communities and saving the lives of children and their families throughout the world.?

The Airbus Corporate Foundation was established in December 2008 to support humanitarian causes through good will flights, youth development in the communities in which it operates, and environmental issues in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme?s (UNEP) Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).