AkzoNobel supports Vine Trust medical ship set to transform thousands of lives

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People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities will now have access to primary healthcare, thanks to the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using coatings from AkzoNobel.

Vine Trust’s new vessel, Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theatre, consultation rooms and a pharmacy, the ship will enable international medical and dental volunteers, alongside a team of local clinicians, to transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Forth Hope was transformed into a medical ship with the support of various medical and marine organisations, including AkzoNobel. Assembled in Scotland, the ship recently began a 6,600-mile transatlantic voyage to Peru. Thanks to AkzoNobel’s high performance coatings, the ship will use less fuel and produce fewer emissions as it travels.

Forth Hope will add to the sustainable programme that Vine Trust has built in Peru. The Edinburgh-based international development charity enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru, and has been providing healthcare in the Amazon since 2001.

Vine Trust’s Chief Executive, Willie McPherson, says the impact Forth Hope will have cannot be overestimated: “Vine Trust has always sought to make a significant and lasting impact on the people we support. The delivery of Forth Hope to the Amazon will double the current capacity of our Peru Medical Program, enabling the provision of 200,000 consultations per year, and deliver invaluable medical services to remote riverine villages which might otherwise go unserved.”

“We are proud to partner with Vine Trust to advance the efforts to transform the lives of those most in need,” added Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director for AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.

“This initiative is a great example of how corporates, NGOs and volunteers can make a bigger impact by working together.”

AkzoNobel said its involvement in the project highlights the work the company is doing as part of its global Human Cities initiative. Focused on improving, energising and regenerating communities across the world, the programme is one of many ways the company strives to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring.