Tuesday, March 19, 2019

UKWA Backs Transaid the Freight and Logistics Sectors Favourite Charity in this its 75th Year

Warehouse Keepers Association Forged in War Fights the Scourge of Malaria in Africa
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UK – AFRICA – During the recent Annual Conference of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), the logistics industry body announced that it intends to mark this year, its 75th anniversary, and which it is celebrating throughout 2019, by attempting to raise a total of £75,000 for transport charity Transaid. An Association forged in the heat of war now intends to wage war itself on a very different enemy.

The UKWA has been inspired, as have many others, by the astonishing success of Transaid’s support for the MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) programme which works to tackle severe malaria in Zambia by improving drug supply chains and access to health facilities, and has the potential to save thousands of young lives.

Last August we reported how the MAM trial programme had phenomenal statistical success, cutting the death rate from the normal 8% to just 0.25%, basically three mortalities against around 100 without the treatment. UKWA CEO, Peter Ward, commented:

“Transaid’s MAM campaign aims to reduce the number of lives lost to malaria across Zambia. According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) world malaria report, three million of Zambia's entire population of nearly 17 million people were diagnosed with malaria in 2016, with one in five children under the age of five suffering this life-threatening disease. The money raised by UKWA will help reduce depressing mortality rates from malaria by funding development of the country’s supply chain and logistics infrastructure to reach remote communities and deliver effective treatment and vital medicines.

“UKWA adopted Transaid as its official charity in 2013 and since then our members have raised significant funds in support of various key Transaid projects. Transaid is the logistics industry’s charity, so our two organisations are a perfect fit.”

With matching funding coming from a consortium of donors including major contributions from the Canadian Government, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, funds raised by Transaid’s MAM campaign during 2019, if UKWA is successful in reaching its £75,000 target the donation will, in fact, be worth £150,000 to the charity. Transaid’s Head of Fundraising, Florence Bearman, said:

“We are delighted that UKWA has undertaken to raise such a significant amount for our MAM campaign. Severe malaria is a medical emergency and many young children die as a result of delays in starting treatment within the first 24 hours of symptom onset. Children under five years old are the key target group for our intervention.”

Guests at a networking dinner that took place during UKWA’s Annual Conference got the fund off to a fine start by donating nearly £1,000 in a prize draw. Peter Ward continued:

“2019 is a momentous year for UKWA and we want to do something special. What could be more fitting for our logistics sector and UKWA members than funding essential logistics infrastructure, expertise and training that has the potential to save thousands of lives? We are planning a number of high profile fund-raising events throughout the year, details of which will be announced in due course.”

The UKWA was launched in 1944 when representatives from warehousing companies formed a committee to discuss the storage and distribution of food and materials in wartime Britain. Today the organisation is the leading trade body dedicated to serving the needs of the UK’s logistics industry and has over 700 members who, between them, control nearly 100 million square feet of warehousing space from nearly 1300 locations across the UK.

Photo: The UKWA and Transaid support for the MAM campaign has the potential to save thousands of young lives.