Boluda Corporación Marítima’s shipping company provides logistical support for solidarity initiatives in ophthalmological care in Mauritania

As part of its Humanitarian Transport program, the company provided a container, as well as shipping space to transport supplies free of charge

Boluda Corporación Marítima’s shipping company Boluda Lines has collaborated with the Jorge Alió Foundation in a joint initiative in Mauritania, where the Foundation is building the ophthalmology department of the new operating theatre at Nouadhibou Hospital, as part of the “Nouadhibou Vision” project.

Boluda Lines’ contribution centred on providing the Jorge Alió Foundation with free shipping and the use of a container to house new medical and hospital equipment for the clinic and operating room. The container also includes 23 cubic metres of items collected by the Seur Foundation across Spain as donations from different Spanish entities, which were loaded in the port of Alicante. This load will cover essential baby care needs such as pushchairs and prams, cots, bathtubs, high chairs and nappies, as well as children’s clothing and footwear.

The Boluda shipping company employed the “VERONICA B” vessel to ship the container from Alicante to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from where the load was delivered to the hospital centre on the “HOHEWEG” vessel, which operates Boluda Lines’ commercial line between the Canarian port and Nouadhibou.

This solidarity initiative is carried out by Boluda Corporación Marítima within its Humanitarian Transport program, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

Humanitarian Transport is a Boluda Corporación Marítima solidarity project in collaboration with NGOs and development aid organizations. Among other activities, this involves donating containers and providing free transport on their containerships of humanitarian aid to disadvantaged countries or humanitarian crises. During 2017 65,481.23 euros were allocated to this project, with some initiatives also aimed at cultural and sports activities.

The “Nouadhibou Vision” project in which Boluda Corporación Marítima has been involved since its beginnings in 2007, was the product of extensive experience in cooperating internationally with humanitarian actions in countries like Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Tindouf and more recently in Mauritania. The project is focused on providing the facilities and means to offer basic support in Ophthalmology and in eye care training for health professionals.

According to World Health Organization data there are 50 million blind people in the world, 90% of them in Third World countries. Three quarters of cases of blindness are reversible or treatable, but people often go blind due to a lack of healthcare resources.

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