The goods will be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for further distribution.
In Namibia, with a population of nearly 2.5 million inhabitants, the number of new infections is rising sharply. COVID-19 is affecting an almost unvaccinated population and the country's health care system is reaching the limits of its infrastructure. Further assistance from Germany will follow in the coming weeks.
The Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) launched the Humanitarian Response Mission following a request from Germany, one of its participating nations. The SALIS programme, managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, provides its nine participating nations with assured access to up to five AN-124 aircraft within a few days. In addition, the current contract with Antonov Logistics SALIS also provides access to AN-22, AN-225 and IL-76 Chap IV aircraft.
This is the second time that the SALIS AN-225 aircraft has been used for a COVID-19 mission in under Germany's request. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, SALIS has completed 17 missions and transported almost 1.000 tons of medical supplies.