MUNICH and DALLAS – March 23, 2006 – In response to the unprecedented series of natural disasters for which the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are providing relief, it is teaming up with the Aidmatrix Foundation – an innovative independent NGO with offices here, in the US and Asia, to help support those suffering from disasters around the world. Aidmatrix’ CEO & President Governor Scott McCallum joined IFRC Secretary General – Markku Niskala to execute a joint Memorandum of Understanding in Geneva to kick off the partnership.
The first joint project will provide inventory management for the Spanish Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit. This solution will provide better visibility of inventory on hand as well as aid on the way. By implementing this solution, IFRC will be able to reduce its logistics cost as well as freeing up valuable time needed in a disaster situation. IFRC plans to use this solution for all of the Emergency Relief Units around the world.
Head of IT, Hugh Peterken said, “The Federation’s mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. As the world’s largest humanitarian organization with millions of volunteers active in over 183 countries, we are pleased to partner with Aidmatrix. We believe only through powerful and innovative partnerships will we achieve our mission”.
“I’m sure Aidmatrix and IFRC working together can help bring relief where and when it is needed. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the Pakistan earthquake, the Central American mudslides, and the South Asia Tsunami have all illustrated how much Aidmatrix’ innovative use of supply chain technology can do. By mobilizing the right aid for the right people and connecting companies and businesses with excess goods to give, and individuals who want to help many organizations, and even governments who want to do their part with those first responder organizations working on the ground, Aidmatrix ensures aid gets to with people who are suffering” Governor Scott McCallum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aidmatrix said.
“The partnership is a demonstration of what collaboration really is – ideas and commitment in action regardless of borders, with the unrelenting goal of alleviating human suffering”, said the life-long public servant, McCallum.
About the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
The International Federation carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its 183 National Societies. The International Federation’s work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.
The International Federation, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. See www.ifrc.org.
About the Aidmatrix Foundation
Aidmatrix helps charitable organizations alleviate human suffering by mobilizing resources and orchestrating the right aid for the right people at the right time. It is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit governed by a voluntary board of directors including captains of industry. Founded as a program of the i2 Foundation a half-decade ago, it mobilizes more than a billion