Humanitarian & Vaccine Logistics

Often, the challenges represented by humanitarian logistics are even greater than normal projects.

From the landing strip, your supply chain then finds the people and places it needs to reach in ways you might never see at home. Alongside trucks and vans, there could be motorcycle or bicycle couriers, workers on foot or on waterways. Once those goods are there, they need storing. So safe, secure warehousing is a must. Logistics teams need to work fast, solve problems and negotiate to get boots on the ground, and aid organisations supplied.

Specialist equipment and transportation also plays a part, especially when delivering medicine. Many COVID-19 vaccines, for example, need to be delivered chilled or frozen, which is hard to do when summer temperatures soar outside. Logistics engineers design and build new solutions to new problems, just like these.

Maybe you spend all your weekends modifying your car. Or building a custom PC. How about doing that on a much… much!… larger scale. Until it was destroyed during the war in Ukraine, the Antonov AN-225 was the world’s largest cargo plane, with six engines and a huge cargo hold big enough to carry a space shuttle, a fleet of HGVs or packed floor to ceiling with food supplies. Before every flight, engineers were hard at work reconfiguring the space inside to ensure that the plane could carry as much aid as possible to those in need. Whether delivering food and other supplies to Sierra Leone after a cyclone or bringing surgical masks to the EU from China at the start of the pandemic, a huge plane of this size made the difference to get aid to where it was needed, fast.


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