The Department of Defense has announced plans to move more than 152 tons ofmixed medical and dental supplies and equipment to help the people of theSuriname.
The supplies -- enough to fill eight 40-foot trailers -- will besurface shipped from the Defense Logistics Agency Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa.to the capital city of Paramaribo for distribution through the American Embassywithin the next three months.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs(HRA) Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with othergovernment agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands andstrives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughoutthe world.
She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is often themost economical means available to local charitable organizations to transportdonated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.
Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethalexcess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meethumanitarian needs worldwide.
Over the past two years, 370 transportationmissions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.