30. March 2020 | Press release
DPD Portugal delivers more than 1 ton of materials to hospitals for combating COVID-19
Lisbon, 30 March 2020 – In association with Tech4COVID-19 and APT3D projects, DPD transports gloves, masks, visors and materials to equip Portuguese hospitals. DPD established a partnership with the entities Tech4Covid19 and APT3D in order to provide health professionals with personal protective equipment, as well as sheets, towels and other materials for Santa Maria field hospital, installed at the University Stadium in Lisbon.
DPD Pickup network was made available to more than 400 volunteers from APT3D whom, dispersed throughout all Portuguese territory, share the mission of printing 3D personal combat equipment to Covid-19. DPD Portugal collects the printed visors, which are sent to a partner who will sterilize, pack and send them to hospitals.
“Our expectation is that by the end of the week, more than 40,000 3D printed visors will be delivered to healthcare professionals”, says Olivier Establet, CEO of DPD Portugal.
In order to equip Santa Maria’s field hospital, more than 750 kg of materials including sheets, pillows and towels were collected in the hotels of Lisbon which participated in the action.
“It was an extraordinary mission carried out in one day. We had to collect at 6 hotels and deliver against the clock at the University Stadium. The field hospital was going to open the next day and would have to be ready for start working. And so it was! ”continues Olivier Establet.
The Curry Cabral Hospital also received personal protective equipment provided by some Lisbon hotels, and delivered by DPD.
“And we didn’t stop there: we delivered more than 700 kg of sheets to a partner to transform into masks for health professionals. In the end, we’ve carried about 1 and a half ton of materials to its destination and that will allow those who take care of COVID-19 patients to be protected! Obviously, none of this would be achieved without the commitment of our Drivers. We are very proud of them! After all, they are our heroes … and they will not stop! ”, concludes the CEO of DPD Portugal.
About DPD Portugal
DPD Portugal, a leader in the domestic express transport market, has 14 depots (Vila Real, Porto, Maia, Guarda, Viseu, Coimbra, Leiria, Torres Novas, Póvoa de Santa Iria, Lisban, Corroios, Évora, Faro and Funchal),a fleet of more than 600 distribution vehicles and 1200 employees.