Qatar Airways Cargo flies to Brasilia to fight HIV epidemic

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Qatar Airways Cargo flew 100 tonnes of medication from Mumbai to Brasilia on a charter flight for its customer, Hermes Travel and Cargo.

The pallets were loaded on a Boeing 777 Freighter in Mumbai, and the life-saving Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medications were dispatched to support Brazil’s Ministry of Health’s response to the HIV epidemic.

The government of Brazil initiated the implementation of PrEP to prevent new cases of HIV among key higher-risk population groups through 35 sites across the country, with 54,000 people being offered PrEP within the next five years.

Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Guillaume Halleux says: “Since the launch of our QR Pharma product, we have been working closely with our customers to enhance the product for the benefit of the final consumer. Our dedicated teams ensure the cool chain is unbroken to preserve the efficacy of all medicines flown on Qatar Airways Cargo.”

Hermes Travel and Cargo joint managing director, Rohan Thakkar says: “We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the exceptional charter service that was rendered by Qatar Airways Cargo for our esteemed client M/s Cipla.

The Boeing 777 charter freighter that was deployed on the Mumbai-Brasilia route to move such a huge volume of pharmaceuticals saw seamless, timely and very well co-ordinated deliverables from Qatar Airways Cargo, which paves the way for a growing cooperation with the carrier in the near future.”