Deutsche Post World Net and UNICEF strengthen cooperation in the fight against child mortality
- Successful strategic partnership has been in place for one year
- Employees donated and collected over EUR 200,000
- Aid programs extended to South America and Asia
Deutsche Post World Net and UNICEF have drawn a positive assessment of their strategic partnership. The global market leader in logistics has been supporting the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, in the battle against childhood mortality for the past 12 months.
Walter Scheurle, the board member in charge of human resources at Deutsche Post World Net, highlighted the commitment of the corporation's more than 500,000 employees: "Colleagues from all business divisions and regions have donated and collected a total of more than EUR 200,000. In addition, last year, ten volunteers supported the work of UNICEF on location in Kenya. In the next few weeks, employees of our corporation will again assist the UNICEF experts in Kenya. I am proud about the exceptional engagement of our employees."
During the first year of the partnership, the cooperation focused on improving health care for children in Kenya. DHL helped UNICEF distribute around 3.5 million mosquito nets as part of one of the largest health campaigns in East Africa. Furthermore, measures to improve long-term health precautions such as optimizing equipment and the stocking and cataloging of drugs and vaccines in local health centers were also supported.
Number of deaths caused by malaria reduced
In some regions of Kenya, 15 percent of the children die before reaching the age of five, with malaria as a frequent cause of death. Nevertheless, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths caused by malaria has already been reduced from 34,000 in 2005 to 16,000 in 2006 in this area.
"Thanks to the commitment of Deutsche Post World Net and the logistical expertise of its staff, UNICEF was able to help many children in Kenya", says Dieter Garlichs, the Executive Director of UNICEF Germany. The pilot project in the Kwale region has improved the living conditions for many families."
Deutsche Post World Net will continue its support in Kenya, for example by building a logistics center for medical purposes in the Kwale region. During 2008, the cooperation between Deutsche Post World Net and UNICEF will be expanded on a global scale. Beyond Africa, the corporation henceforth also wants to support joint projects that are part of the UNICEF-Topic "Young Child Survival and Development" in South America and Asia. This topic is part of UNICEF's five worldwide strategic areas of focus.
The cooperation with UNICEF is part of a long-term partnership between Deutsche Post World Net and the United Nations. Deutsche Post World Net has been supporting the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the area of disaster management since December 2005.