MOAS is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing aid and emergency relief to the most vulnerable communities around the world. Specialised in delivering assistance in logistically challenging, hard-to-reach areas, MOAS goes where the need is greatest.
In 2014, MOAS launched its first Search and Rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Between August 2014 and August 2017, over 40,000 people were rescued during our SAR missions in the Central Mediterranean and Aegean.
In the summer of 2017, escalating violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar pushed hundreds of thousands of people across the border into Bangladesh. In response, MOAS launched a new operation in Cox’s Bazar, using the Phoenix to deliver 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Bangladeshi government and providing vital medical care to over 90,000 people at the MOAS Aid Stations.
We have also conducted two monitoring missions in the Andaman Sea, which many Rohingya attempt to cross in search of safety, to better understand the dynamics of their displacement.
Since the end of 2018, MOAS has been working on expanding operations to Yemen, where ongoing conflict has led to devastating famine and desperate suffering for millions of civilians.
MOAS launched operations in Bangladesh on the 3rd of September 2017 and immediately conducted an in-depth needs assessment of the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Recognising an acute food shortage, MOAS initially used the Phoenix to deliver 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Bangladeshi government. Our local team then established two Aid Stations, or primary health centres, to serve the expanding refugee camps and their host communities.
The first MOAS Aid Station was launched in October 2017 in the fishing village of Shamlapur, while the second was opened in November 2017 to serve the remote settlement of Unchiprang; both are located in the Teknaf region of Bangladesh, close to the border with Myanmar. Our dedicated doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists treated over 90,000 people to the end of November 2018. Reflecting the huge number of children living in the refugee camps, over 40% of our patients were under 18.
In 2019, MOAS is focused on delivering specialist Flood and Water Safety training to volunteer first-responders and other NGOs in Cox’s Bazar, as well as developing Mobile Medical Teams that can respond to emergencies in hard-to-reach areas. Our operational shift reflects a recognition that building the capacity of refugee communities to manage life-saving emergency response systems during the monsoon season remains a key priority in the camps.
MOAS is currently exploring opportunities for humanitarian intervention in Yemen in collaboration with our local partner ADRA. Meanwhile, we are delivering a first aid shipment to the Yemeni port of Aden, supplying a 40-foot container of famine relief products and a 20-foot container of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Amounting to 27 tonnes of nutritional aid and €120,000 worth of medical supplies, these deliveries will ensure that ADRA can continue providing life-saving assistance to Yemeni civilians.
Our famine relief products come in the form of calorie-dense bars specifically designed for children who are – or are at high risk of being – acutely malnourished. With half of Yemen’s population currently at risk of famine and an estimated 85,000 children under five killed by starvation in the last three years, this delivery will play a key part in preventing more unnecessary deaths.
Our medical shipment will deliver the pharmaceuticals and equipment hardest to procure in-country and most essential to providing medical care in the field. Working closely with ADRA, MOAS will ensure these supplies are delivered where they are needed most so that vital healthcare centres can continue to operate.