LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 International Medical Corps (IMC) and Agility, a global logistics leader, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that outlines plans to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian relief.
The two parties agreed to work together on both emergency relief and development settings to provide rapid response to populations in need and logistical support for long-term assistance. By combining their specialties, International Medical Corps and Agility will bring higher standards to humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.
"This partnership brings together Agility's expertise in global logistics with International Medical Corps' 25 years experience in humanitarian relief and training to deliver highly efficient, effective emergency assistance wherever it is needed most," says Nancy Aossey, President & CEO of International Medical Corps.
The memorandum is the next step in a long track record of International Medical Corps and Agility teamwork in emergency settings. Most recently, the two worked together to bring essential medical supplies to Baghdad hospitals in Rasafa district, home to the volatile Al Sadr City. Their effort directly benefited more than 10,000 people in one of Baghdad's most devastated areas.
"We are thrilled to be formalizing a partnership that has already proven successful," says Aossey. "International Medical Corps and Agility have already changed thousands of lives in their work together. This MOU ensures that this life-saving cooperation will continue to help those around the world who need it most."
"We are proud to be working with International Medical Corps. At Agility, we believe in using our strength in logistics to make a difference in our communities around the world. By partnering with International Medical Corps, Agility will help ensure vital food supplies, basic necessities and medical aid reach disaster-stricken areas in a timely manner. We are excited to be working with International Medical Corps to not only provide humanitarian relief but also help the affected populations become self-reliant," says Tarek Sultan, Chairman and Managing Director of Agility.
The agreement details plans for Agility supply chain management experts to support International Medical Corps' operations in the field. During emergencies, Agility will also provide logistics personnel to aid in International Medical Corps' delivery and transportation of relief supplies, including warehouse storage and shipping. With operations in some of the world's most difficult environments, International Medical Corps often needs supplies delivered quickly to hard-to-access areas.
An international company with more than 550 offices in 100 countries around the world, Agility provides a global integrated logistics system through a network of warehousing facilities and transportation and freight services. As part of its social responsibility initiative, Agility created the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) to help governments and NGOs bring food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and other relief supplies where they are needed around the world.
About International Medical Corps: Since its inception 25 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit our website at www.imcworldwide.org.
About Agility: Agility is one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics to businesses and governments. It is a publicly traded company with $6.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 32,000 employees in 550 offices and 100 countries. Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe's most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint, and customized capabilities in developed and emerging economies alike.
Agility's commercial division, Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland and provides supply chain solutions to customers in technology, retail, chemicals, and other industries. Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS), based in Washington, offers logistics services to governments, relief agencies and international institutions worldwide. Agility Investments, based in Dubai, draws on local insights from Agility's global network to identify real estate and private equity opportunities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Agility, visit www.agilitylogistics.com.
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