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Balance 2015 ENG

 94 // Corporate Citizenship “Africa is not Ebola” on February 12, 2015. The goal is to remind the public – by joining forces with personalities from business, science, sports and culture – that only three of the 54 African nations are affected by the Ebola epidemic. Hence it is high time to end prejudices concerning Africa so that tourists, investors and companies return to the world’s second-largest continent. “Africa is not Ebola”: Noncommercial initiative of Brussels Airlines To help bring more objectivity to the debate about the potential hazards of Ebola, Brussels Airlines launched the noncommercial awareness campaign Evacuation aircraft for Ebola patients At the initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Lufthansa Technik refitted a Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 in only 11 days as an evacuation aircraft to fly highly infectious Ebola patients from the areas affected by the epidemic. Unlike smaller specialized aircraft, the A340 allows intensive medical care of critically ill patients during the flight. The central element of the evacuation aircraft is the Patient Transport Isolation Unit. It is located in a hermetically sealed low-pressure tent that is connected to two further air and gas-tight tents, which serve as safety locks and for disinfection when entering and leaving the isolation unit. On November 27, 2014, the Lufthansa Group handed the fully operational refitted Airbus over to Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank- Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe. The complex and technically demanding refit of this passenger aircraft was possible due to Lufthansa Technik’s many years of experience with the construction and fitting of special cabin interiors for government, VIP and business aircraft. All work was carried out in close cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, the German government’s central authority in the area of disease monitoring and prevention. The evacuation aircraft’s humanitarian mission was initially limited to six months. More than 700 Lufthansa pilots and flight atten- dants volunteered within a very short time for duty on the evacuation aircraft “Robert Koch” and thus expressed their solidarity for the people in the areas affected by Ebola. Earthquake in Nepal: Help Alliance calls for donations and plans aid for reconstruction Following the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, the Help Alliance launched a call for donations. In addition, the aid organization will support reconstruction projects in Nepal – as it has done previously in the wake of other natural catastrophes such as the tsunami in the Philippines or the earthquake in Haiti. To this end it cooperates with local professional partners. All project suggestions are carefully analyzed and evaluated by the Help Alliance. Evacuation aircraft: The complex and technically challenging refit was carried out by the experts at Lufthansa Technik.