Bernhard Erdl, Managing Director of the power supply manufacturer PULS, wanted to ship 17 pallets with protective face masks to India as quickly as possible in order to support the local people. He found out about this urgent need in India through an appeal in the Senate of Economics, of which Bernhard Erdl is a member.
The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) has been on the forefront against the spread of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. It is one of the world's largest non-profit health organisations with over 3,570 connected healthcare and social service institutions in India. Together, this network serves more than 21 million people a year, including many poor people who are lacking basic necessities.
The centers are headed by volunteers, 90% of whom are women. More than 1,000 sister doctors and 50,000 sister nurses, paramedics and social workers are committed full-time to the network and the fight against COVID-19.
The long way of a much needed aid delivery
The bureaucratic and logistical effort for the planned aid delivery was enormous. The export from the PULS warehouse in China, the clarification of all customs formalities and the transport by ship to the target region took more than four months. This project was only possible thanks to the excellent cooperation between the PULS employees in China, the headquarters in Munich and the contact persons at CHAI.“I was deeply impressed by the willingness of our employees to fully support this humanitarian project for months,” says Bernhard Erdl. "This global aid project has brought us even closer together as colleagues."
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