International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has stepped forward to assist in shipping vital medical supplies to COVID-hit India.
Alexander King and Jeff Chen of Dimerco’s New York team partnered with the charity ‘Breath for Humanity’ to source and donate nearly two tons of medical devices. The life-saving supplies were shipped from Philadelphia in the US to Bangalore in India, with the collaboration of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Islamic Council of North America and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The shipment included 75,000 N95 respirators, over 15,000 PPE gowns and shields, and over 50 boxes of tracheostomy tubes.
Breath for Humanity is the creation of medical student Noor Shaik who is studying at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia and was moved to act following a heartbreaking phone call with her 83-year-old grandmother back in India last May.
Alexander explained, “When I was first introduced to Noor Shaik and her organisation, I was immediately touched by her passion to help India. Since our team in New York had the experience handling urgent PPE during the peak of the pandemic, I knew we would be able to utilise our experience and expertise to help Noor’s efforts by offering our services free of charge. By utilising Dimerco’s platform, I am confident this story can reach and inspire others to help her and her organisation’s initiative.”
Photos: Dimerco prepare vital supplies for shipment to India.