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Transaid has begun work on a major new programme funded by Danida, the Danish government’s international aid agency, which will introduce its transport management system to the Kenyan Ministry of Health. The programme will see Victor Mengot, Transaid’s regional programme manager, relocate from London to Mombassa for 12 months, and in doing so transfer his responsibilities from West to East Africa. He will initially be working within the country’s Coast Province to improve the quality of healthcare by building the systems and skills to enable the Ministry to run its vehicle fleet more efficiently.

Victor has worked with Transaid for five years and his new field-based position gives Transaid the perfect opportunity to develop its East African programme, building on the successes the charity has already enjoyed helping to put local transport solutions in place in West and sub-Saharan Africa.

Chris Saunders, chief executive of Transaid said: “Kenya is the centre for the UN’s activities in Africa, and we can now be much more proactive, being able to knock on a given minister’s door at a moments notice.”

Healthcare company Baxter International is joining forces with DHL Danzas, Emirates SkyCargo and Envirotainer to deliver five full containers of urgently needed aid to victims of the Pakistan earthquake in the latest relief effort co-ordinated by International Health Partners. IHP provides donated medical aid to communities in the developing world. This donation will help to complete the inoculation of the nearly 500,000 earthquake victims at risk of contracting meningitis in Kashmir in advance of the coming spring, one of the region’s most prevalent seasons for outbreaks. DHL Danzas has called upon the expertise of partners, Emirates SkyCargo and Envirotainer, to ensure the 280,000 vaccines not only arrive in Pakistan quickly but also in perfect condition to support the ongoing relief effort in the country. Baxter, DHL and Envirotainer are giving their services and products free of charge while Emirates SkyCargo has offered a reduced cost for air transport.

Narrow Aisle is celebrating its part in the JR Motosport team’s successes in 2005.

During the 2005 season Narrow Aisle embarked on a sponsorship programme for motorcycle racer, Jamie Robinson. Jamie has been a prominent figure in the fiercely competitive world of British motorcycle racing since 1991, becoming the youngest ever winner of 250cc British Championship in 1995. The 30 year old ace now has his own team – JR Motorsport and currently races a Ten Kate prepared Honda CBR 600RR, one of the fastest and most competitive bikes in the Metabo British Supersport Championship. And for the 2005 championship, Jamie and his team not only secured seventh overall place but were also the first independent team and rider beating numerous works supported teams and riders – testament indeed to Jamie’s tremendous skills and abilities.

The Department of Border Enforcement in southern Iraq will be more capable and effective following the delivery of eight new fuel trucks in the provinces of Al Basrah, Maysan and Al Muthanna.

The tankers have been provided to the department’s headquarters in the three provinces by Multi National Forces. The delivery of the trucks will mean that the DBE personnel will be able to refuel their 211 patrol vehicles and transport fuel to power the generators at the DBE forts along the 1,700km of border with Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Until now, a large number of DBE patrols have been carried out on foot as there was no way of getting fuel to run their vehicles.

Costing £48,675 each, the trucks were purchased by the Multi National Forces with funding provided by the UK government. The new Volvo FL619, 4×2 trucks were ordered from Kuwait and can hold 13,500 litres of fuel.

The trucks are being provided with a full service support programme from Volvo and their first service is due after 10,000 kilometres, or four weeks. Thereafter, the DBE will be responsible for maintaining and servicing the vehicles themselves. Before the new trucks were issued, the 18 drivers of the vehicles undertook a one day familiarisation course from Volvo at the headquarters of DBE Command 4th Region, at Basrah Airport.

Captain Ed Klok from the Multi National Division (South East) Security Sector Reform team said: “These fuel trucks are part of a delivery of over 400 vehicles that have been provided by multi-national forces to the Department of Border Security over the past nine months, which includes 230 sports utility vehicles, 230 pickup trucks, 30 flatbed trucks, 13 water tankers, 3 buses and 2 motorcycles.”

“The new vehicles will transport fuel to power the 61 forts that line the southern Iraqi borders.

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