Air Serv flies in to aid medical support in Uganda
Ugandan operator Air Serv has been busy delivering its “last mile” air transportation service in support of East African humanitarian programmes and has recently transported a shipment of obstetric fistula repair modules in Uganda on behalf of Direct Relief.
The modules were delivered to Kitovu Mission Hospital, located 120km southwest of Kampala, and Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, located 203km northwest of Kampala.
This is the second time the two organizations have worked in partnership for the delivery of critically needed medical supplies.
“Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury that can be physically and socially devastating, if left untreated,” says Jessica Koval, Direct Relief’s international programme manager. “The arrival of these fistula repair modules in Uganda means that more than 200 women will receive the restorative surgery they need.”
Direct Relief is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving healthcare for at-risk populations by mobilizing and delivering medical assistance. It is currently active in 70 countries with programs focusing on maternal and child health, prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response.
Air Serv International operates a fleet of six Cessna Caravans, provides that “last mile” transport Currently active programmes are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Chad, with an operations base located in Entebbe, The operator also provides commercial air charter, facility, and aircraft maintenance services.