Maersk Line Supports MediSend International’s Healthcare Strengthening Programs in Papua New Guinea

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Maersk Line ships will transport ocean containers filled with medical supplies and biomedical equipment.

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Vulnerable communities in Papua New Guinea can look forward to quality healthcare thanks to the generosity and committed resources of strong corporate partners such as Maersk Line.

As part of a strong corporate citizenship program, Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, has committed to transporting nine MediSend Containers of Hope to hospitals and clinics in Papua New Guinea. Each of the forty-foot ocean containers will be filled with medical supplies and biomedical equipment.

Most of Papua New Guinea's people live in extreme poverty. While the country is endeavoring to improve healthcare conditions, according to the World Health Organization, infant mortality rates are still high compared with other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Malaria, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory disease continue to be leading causes of illness and death. HIV/AIDS is increasing to the point that there is fear of a situation similar to that in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Deeply held values influence everything we do at Maersk Line. Recognizing that logistics and transportation are crucial components, we are proud to offer our support for MediSend’s healthcare program in Papua New Guinea,” says Nicolaj Noes, Managing Director of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S for Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment is part of a larger MediSend healthcare initiative to strengthen healthcare in Papua New Guinea. The initiative also includes the training, certification and equipping of biomedical repair technicians.

“Maersk Line ships will transport these life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment to people living in some of the world’s poorest conditions,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International, “Vulnerable communities in Papua New Guinea can look forward to quality healthcare thanks to the generosity and committed resources of strong corporate partners such as Maersk Line.”

About MediSend                                                                                                                                                    
MediSend International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides innovative programs and solutions that strengthen community healthcare in developing countries, including the professional training, certification and equipping of biomedical repair technicians and the distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment. MediSend’s Global Education Center and distribution facility are located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. For more information on MediSend’s mission and work in the developing world, go to http://www.medisend.org

About Maersk Line                                                                                                                                                        
Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, is dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer-focused and reliable ocean transportation services. Maersk Line’s vision, built from a strong heritage of uprightness, constant care, and innovation, has guided business operations since the first Maersk Line vessel sailed in 1904. By remaining committed to that vision, Maersk Line has expanded to become the world’s largest ocean carrier and is consistently recognized as the most reliable container shipping company. The Maersk Line fleet comprises more than 600 vessels and a number of containers corresponding to more than 3,800,000 TEU*. This ensures a reliable and comprehensive coverage worldwide.

*Twenty foot Equivalent Unit – a 20 foot long container

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