Etihad Airways is taking a step forward with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, in support of those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The airline has highlighted the development of face shields for medical staff in a recently released video to mark Zayed Humanitarian Day.
With the aim of providing additional safety for medical staff interacting with patients, the Etihad Airways Medical Centre (EAMC) collaborated with Etihad Engineering to develop personal protective equipment (PPE) that would add an additional layer of protection for healthcare professionals working in medical centres across the UAE.
Vice President Medical Services, Etihad Aviation Group, Nadia Al Bastaki explained: “As part of our CSR efforts, we challenged ourselves to determine what we could do to help combat the effects of this global pandemic. With high demand for PPE in the UAE, our innovative design team at Etihad Engineering successfully developed 1,000 face shields for us to distribute locally.
“With the logistical support of Emirates Red Crescent, we will start distributing the face shields to medical professionals at EAMC and SEHA this week,” she added.
The face shields are designed and manufactured using Etihad Engineering’s latest 3D printing technology certified by the highest aviation standards. The shields were validated by EAMC’s medical team to ensure protection. It is constructed of a reusable plastic band which requires standard disinfection (similar to a mobile phone) and a disposable plastic shield which can be replaced with sheets found at any stationery store. Additional plastic sheets will be distributed with the face shields.
“An overwhelming number of our employees have selflessly put their hand up to volunteer, from working at call centres, to distributing masks and gloves and physically cleaning the streets of our capital city as part of the government’s sanitisation programme. This year, Eid will not be the same for most. Therefore, in collaboration with Grace Conservation, we will be distributing 1,000 gift boxes to families in need containing clothes for adults and children,” added Dr Al Bastaki.
As a core element of Etihad Airways’ ongoing corporate social responsibility campaign, the airline has again partnered with Emirates Red Crescent to produce and deliver 1,000 meals per day to Humanitarian City, a month-long initiative which began on April 15 and will continue through Ramadan.