Thursday, February 9, 2017
Responding to the world's crisis is a daunting task. This complexity and necessity of the task it is not taken lightly by the United Nations. This month we were able to spend several days in Dubai working with our Global Pandemic Supply Chain Partners. Our goal was to "be the box" meaning we wanted to know the medical supply journey as it moves toward disaster relief.
In Dubai, independent free zones have been created and are named after their collective task. It was humbling to be in the City of Humanitarians (http://www.ihc.ae/). It is the world's largest and busiest hub for humanitarian aid with 9 UN agencies and nearly 50 NGOS and private sector partners working together. A day spent in the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (http://unhrd.org/depot/dubai) informed our work to build efficient disaster supply chains from raw material to point of care. The team manages an awesome amount of goods on behalf of their partners. With 2/3 of the world's population within a 6 hour flight of the Dubai airport, this asset is critical to our ability to rapidly respond to disasters. The UNHRD team continually evolves their efforts, striving for efficiency and working toward improved visualization of assets, stockpile rotation, and an impressive warehouse management capability. We were also able to spend some time in the Dubai Sea Port operated by Dubai World. Efficiency reigns supreme here as Terminal 3 is completely automated with up to 9000 containers being handled per day.
-Dr. Amy Kircher- Director, FPDI