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Crucial medical supplies rushed to Baghdad

Thursday, September 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 25 International Medical Corps (IMC)and global logistics giant Agility, have teamed up to deliver essentialmedical supplies and equipment to Rasafa district in Baghdad, home to Al SadrCity. Agility trucked 47 pallets of life-sustaining medical supplies to IMC'swarehouse in Baghdad.

Sadr City is one of the poorest and most volatile neighborhoods in theIraqi capital. IMC has worked in Sadr City for many years and has responded toseveral emergencies under dangerous and challenging circumstances. IMCpersonnel distributed the donation to hospitals that desperately need thesupplies.

More than 10,000 people are directly benefiting from the equipment thatincludes oxygen saturation monitors, administration regulators, nebulizers,food pumps, pain control infusion pumps, pediatric resuscitation units,suction pumps, incubators, baby warmers, heart start units, ultrasoundmachines, syringes, surgical gloves and wheel chairs.

"Agility quickly responded to our requirements and clearly understood themagnitude of the task at hand," says Rabih Torbay, International Medical CorpsVice President of International Operations. "By employing their logisticsexpertise and regional know-how, Agility supported us in an emergency responseeffort that saved, and will continue to save, many lives."

Sadr City is densely populated and home to one to three million people,most of them poor day laborers. Even during peaceful times the neighborhoodsuffers from a lack of water, electricity, and other services. In April andMay this year, thousands got trapped when armed factions turned the area intoa battle field. Weeks of violent clashes claimed more than 1,000 lives andleft several thousands injured. The ongoing insecurity has led many primaryhealth care centers to close down entirely, just as one of the main hospitals-- Shaheed Al Sadr Hospital -- came under rocket attack.

As a result, health services were restricted to emergency trauma cases andsupplies ran out. Both staff and patients experienced difficulty in accessingthe area's hospitals. The supplies were delivered at a critical time as thepopulation struggles to return to normalcy.

"Agility is proud to be associated with the mission to replenish thenecessary medical supplies at all the district's hospitals and we willcontinue to work with International Medical Corps on life-saving operations,"said Mariam Al-Foudery, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility atAgility.

About International Medical Corps

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps'mission has been to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, naturaldisaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus ontraining. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical toreturning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information, visithttp://www.imcworldwide.org

About Agility

Agility is a leading emerging market multinational with more than 32,000employees, and over 550 offices in 100 countries around the world. A publiclytraded company, with over $6 billion in annual revenue, we have three keybusiness groups - Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Defense & GovernmentServices (DGS) and Investments. Agility GIL is our commercial division,providing integrated logistics solutions to customers spanning a range ofindustries from technology and retail to defense and government, chemical andoil and gas.

The Agility DGS business group provides comprehensive logistics solutionsto various government entities and non governmental organizations on a globalbasis. With three business divisions -- Real Estate, Private Equity and TradeFacilitators, Agility Investments utilizes the local insights from our globalnetwork to invest in specialized opportunities in the emerging markets.

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