Today, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight has delivered over 25 tonnes of life-saving medical cargo to Kabul to address the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
Due to the ongoing conflict and the recent drought, up to half of Afghanistan's population is dependent on humanitarian assistance. In response, this EU-funded air bridge flight enables humanitarian organisations to deliver critical health and nutrition items to those in need.
The second flight of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Tigray, co-organised by the EU, France and Italy, landed in Mekelle airport on 6 October 2021 delivering an additional 10.6 tonnes of life-saving cargo for the people affected by the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia.
This is in addition to the 4.4 tonnes of ready-to-use therapeutic food for severely malnourished children, already delivered to UNICEF as part of the EU's Humanitarian Air Bridge on 11 September 2021.
Today, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič takes part in the SIQUAKE2020 full-scale exercise in Ljubljana, Slovenia alongside members of the Slovenian government. In this full-scale field exercise, the EU is preparing emergency professionals from several Member States respond to an earthquake and test their abilities for a well-coordinated cross-border response.
Following a request for assistance from Romania amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the European Union is mobilising assistance to Romania to treat the high number of acute Covid-19 patients in the country. Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU is delivering 50 oxygen generators offered by Poland. In addition, another 200 oxygen generators are mobilised from the rescEU strategic medical stockpile hosted by The Netherlands to the country.
On 12 October, the EU’s Humanitarian Aid operations, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Food Programme (WFP) held the Brussels Dialogue - “From reaction to prevention: anticipatory action against food crises”.
The virtual meeting was designed to boost the role of anticipatory action as an urgently needed solution to food crises. Acting before disasters strike is more efficient and helps save both lives and money, officials said during a virtual meeting.
The European Commission has announced an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to support vulnerable people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the humanitarian situation, resulting in even more instability and vulnerability. In 2021, the Commission has allocated €29 million in humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine.
Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, 1,075 packages of different intensive care medicines have been offered by Austria and an additional 89,030 vials of medicines, 18 ventilators, medical equipment and accessories have been offered by France to answer Romania’s request for assistance to treat the high number of COVID-19 patients in the country.
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The European Union is marking the 20th anniversary of its EU Civil Protection Mechanism tomorrow which has been activated more than 500 times to coordinate assistance people affected by natural hazards and other crises in Europe and worldwide. This has included millions of supplies of medical material during the COVID-19 pandemic, to dispatching emergency items following earthquakes and floods.
Another EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight has delivered over 28 tonnes of life-saving medical cargo to Kabul to address the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
The EU-funded air bridge flight enables the World Health Organization, as well as humanitarian organisations such as ‘Emergency' and ‘Première Urgence Internationale' to deliver critical health items to those in need.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is concluding today a 3-day visit to Bangladesh to see the situation on the ground in the context of the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting Rohingya people. In the margins of his visit, he announced an additional €12 million in humanitarian aid funding for the Rohingya in Bangladesh and Myanmar.