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ADDIS ABABA: June 06, 2018. Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its 100th aircraft today, a B787 carrying medical supplies from Seattle-based NGO Direct Relief for the St. Paulos Hospital in Addis Ababa

ethiopian 100Direct Relief is now the seventh largest non-government organisation in the US according to Forbes Magazine with US$1.1 billion in donations last year for the first time since its foundation in 1948.

For its fiscal year July 2016 through June 2017, the charity supplied essential medications, vaccines, instruments and supplies via 13,554 deliveries to all 50 US states and 86 countries.

Activities included US$129 million to more than 1,300 health centers and clinics throughout the US; prepositioning emergency medical supplies along the US Gulf Coast and Caribbean prior to the 2017 hurricane season; providing doctors in Syria with a chemical weapons antidote after a series of attacks; and supporting Yemeni hospitals to combat an outbreak of cholera.

Since 2009 Direct Relief has provided more than US$4.4 billion in medical resources to help low-income people in 115 countries and 50 US states - where it is the only NGO to hold ‘Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors’ certification for pharmaceuticals.

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