AirLink Joins Aidmatrix to Coordinate Haitian Earthquake Relief

The Aidmatrix Foundation is partnering with the ISTAT Foundation (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) to help facilitate the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid for the Haitian earthquake in addition to ongoing humanitarian efforts. ISTAT’s AirLink program will use the Aidmatrix Network’s technology to connect airline capacity to humanitarian need while connecting the ISTAT membership with the hundreds of non-government organizations (NGOs) currently posting transportation needs on the Aidmatrix Network.

Around the world, humanitarian NGOs are in need of inexpensive air transportation (passenger and cargo) to supplement existing developmental programs and disaster relief. The ISTAT membership is able to coordinate and provide the transportation and other in-kind contributions that the NGOs require. There are more than 1800 worldwide members of ISTAT, each contributing to the aviation industry in their own capacity. The relationships within the ISTAT network are a key component to the success of AirLink.

ISTAT is using Aidmatrix’s SCM Transportation Donations Management and Needs Management modules to achieve their goals. The technology and services provided by Aidmatrix will enable ISTAT to focus their efforts on securing more donated and discounted transportation offers from their membership while Aidmatrix manages the administration behind the scenes. Work is already underway to connect donated capacity on flights into Haiti with NGO staff and supplies.

“We are focused on the multiplier effect of connecting our program with the Aidmatrix Network of NGOs who are seeking transportation services, especially on the Haitian Earthquake Relief efforts,” says Robert Brown, project manager of ISTAT's AirLink program. “We are already tracking our transportation donations in the system and getting them visible to this large, centralized, online audience of NGOs while coordinating flight plans for the immediate future as the Port-Au-Prince airport opens up to more relief flights this week.”

The Aidmatrix Foundation builds and operates technology hubs that support diverse stakeholder groups in their efforts to work together to solve the world's most challenging humanitarian crises. Its solutions enhance participation, amplify contributions, and accelerate results for humanitarian relief. More than 35,000 corporate, nonprofit and government partners leverage its solutions to mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid annually, worldwide. The donated goods, money and services impact the lives of more than 65 million people.

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