Sending health care parcels around the world
Medical Couriers missions provide humanitarian associations with the possibility of sending parcels composed of medicines, medical and surgical material all over the world to clinics or hospitals in severe need.
An average of 100 to 150 parcels a week is transported almost free of charge in the holds of AirFrance flights after having been placed in the hands of the crew serving the destination. To secure the traceability and safe arrival of the parcels, a correspondent volunteer is present at each transit point and on arrival.
Furthermore, a dozen volunteers take turns every day at the Aviation Sans Frontières headquarters in Orly to plan the repackaging and management of the shipments.
Exceptional requests that cannot be handled by this mission, as when the weight of packages exceeds air transport norms, are therefore taken care of by the Humanitarian Freight mission.
Aviation Sans Frontières’ Special Operations also ensure the sending of medicines requiring strict respect of the cold chain (such as chemotherapies), dialysis pouches, or material in large quantities. In that respect, the NGO also takes care of the material aspect of medical training programmes carried out in recipient countries.
Such programmes, paired with the training of professional doctors and surgeons on site, help support preventive measures (such as vaccination campaigns) and the treatment of patients on site.
Aviation Sans Frontières’ Milk Missions began some twenty years ago at the request of Sister Emmanuelle and one of the NGO’s pilots. The aim is to offer a daily glass of milk or a millet, sorghum, or peanut porridge to thousands of malnourished children.
Aviation Sans Frontières buys the milk and covers the costs of transforming the liquid into powder and transporting it in order to save the lives of thousands of children.
600 associations, hospitals, health centres, and orphanages in 26 African, Asian, or Central American countries.
Among the most important : Air France, the Groupe ADP, the Groupe Franco-Africain d’Oncologie Pédiatrique (GFAOP), Enfants du Tiers Monde, Illimi da Bani, MAP, Médecins de l’Océan Indien, Médecins du Monde, Opticiens Lunetiers Sans Frontières, Réseau des Entrepreneurs Solidaires, Resiac Bon Secours, SOS boîte de lait, Transaxe équipement, Pharmacie Humanitaire Internationale, ADIBE, l’Ordre de Malte, B.I.P., HAMAP, Medicaéro.
Claude Giraud, Aviation Sans Frontières volunteer, head of the Medical Couriers missions.
Sending nutritional supplements to little Rouguy, in Dakar. The little girl had ingested caustic soda, which had entirely destroyed her digestive system. Waiting for her to finish growing up so that she can then be operated, Aviation Sans Frontières provides her with regularly delivered nutritional supplements.
CHIFFRES CLÉS 2020
To transport medicines, food supplements or small surgical equipment to partner associations.