London, 29 March 2021
Press Release – A memorandum of understanding, MOU, has been signed between the Humanitarian Logistics Association, HLA, and Pharma.Aero to recognise the importance of developing air cargo supply chains that help with the high quality transportation and handling of pharmaceuticals. Both parties fully recognise that the last mile of delivery is a vital leg for the distribution of medical supplies in the face of humanitarian emergencies or crisis situations.
This collaboration will contribute to improving the quality of response to disasters and humanitarian crises through combining forces to deliver strategic projects, information and knowledge sharing across the global air cargo industry and aid sector.
George Fenton, Chief Executive of HLA, asserted: “HLA aims to increase understanding and forge alliances between aid organisations, the private, public and academic sectors, the newly formed partnership with Pharma.Aero will enable us to add significant value to our network and gear up the effectiveness and efficiency of members by raising awareness of standards, facilitating access to training and career development opportunities, and encourage collaboration among a broader range of humanitarian logisticians.”
Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Pharma.Aero stresses the importance of this new collaboration: “By joining forces with HLA, we bring the Human Interest aspect into the Pharma.Aero network and platform. This will create more leverage and added value in all our undertakings as well as broaden our scope and impact when reaching out to the entire pharmaceutical air cargo supply chain.”
Trevor Caswell, Vice Chairman Pharma.Aero and who is responsible for Projects, points out that “both organisations share the same vision: being a neutral platform of international best-practice and knowledge sharing, and fostering community collaboration by trust. In setting up joint projects that emphasize the growing importance – both for the rapidly changing aid system as well as for the supply chain – of ‘local actors’ and ‘last mile’, we can create added value: to look at ways to improve the means to reach difficult places via UAV technology will be one of our first joint projects.”
Humanitarian Logistics Association, HLA, is a non-profit membership organisation established to empower logisticians to deliver humanitarian aid and development assistance more effectively. It acts as an informed enabler and thought leader, leveraging innovation, knowledge, standards and technology to support aid, private, academic and public sectors to increase their effectiveness.
HLA facilitates better connections between aid supply and demand, enabling cross sector learning, innovations and partnerships, supporting market transparency, reducing waste and harnessing opportunity to help the total become greater than the sum.
HLA’s vision was first articulated in 2005 by a senior group of humanitarian logisticians and was officially founded in January 2009 as a UK-based NGO that is locally focused – on the ‘last mile’ – and globally enabled.
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About Pharma.Aero:
Pharma.Aero, a non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, aims to achieve excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for Life Science and Medtech shippers, by fostering collaboration between CEIV certified airport communities dedicated in developing and pioneering when it comes to handling, storage and air transportation of pharmaceuticals.

Pharma.Aero brings added value for the shipper by placing them as strategic priorities of Pharma.Aero, providing insights into the capabilities of the air cargo industry, as well as facilitating direct collaboration with the different air cargo stakeholders in the supply chain. Together, the organisation focuses on collaborative and continuous improvement of the Life Science and Medtech air cargo supply chain.
Pharma.Aero is an organisation that is proud to walk the talk. Jointly with their members, they co-ideate and co-develop projects that focus on end-to-end supply chain visibility solutions and address air transportation issues and challenges faced by the Life Science and Medtech industry. Since its inception in 2016, Pharma.Aero has initiated and completed 6 projects. Consequently, technical papers for its members and white papers for the entire industry were published.