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Defence prime sets up field hospital in South Sudan

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Benitou, South Sudan. Image via Leidos.

A team led by Leidos has transported supplies across three continents to help set up a field hospital in South Sudan.

Team Leidos, made up of Leiods, Kuehne + Nagel (KN), TVS Supply Chain Solutions and Agility, was recently awarded a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) £6.7 billion ($12.35 billion) logistics, commodities, and services transformation (LCST) contract to modernise their logistics program.

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The team recently worked with the MoD to transport a field hospital from MoD Donnington and MoD Bicester to Kenya, through Uganda and then onto Juba in South Sudan for handover to the UN, which has 12,000 peacekeepers working in the Republic of South Sudan, for armed convoy onwards to Bentiu.

Almost 400 British military personnel are on the ground providing support to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Team Leidos and British troops completed the construction of a temporary field hospital near the town of Bentiu, more than 500 kilometres north of the capital city of Juba. Bentiu is the location of a UN-protected camp that is currently home to 120,000 people.

Leidos said it was a logistical challenge involving 228 containers, 50 engineering vehicles and 25 climate-controlled medical containers travelling almost 1,600 kilometres from the port in Kenya, on often unpaved roads, with Team Leidos scheduling routes around the worst of the rainy season.

Leidos said this mission has a "radically different" approach to the logistical challenge with the opening up of a complicated move to a much wider supplier base through LCST. 

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The field hospital at Bentiu is now fully operational, providing an emergency department, surgical facilities, and X-ray and aero-medical evacuation capabilities to the UNMISS mission. Team Leidos is a key part of the operation and is supplying a regular delivery of three to four containers and refrigerated medical supplies to the field hospital.

Defence prime sets up field hospital in South Sudan
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