IntlSOS 30 Years - From East to West - Page 49

03 Beijing and Beyond | Service Highlights
Service Highlights
August, Beijing Red Cross Joint Venture.
We offered important aid during the Wenchuan
earthquake in Sichuan, establishing a crisis centre
in Chengdu and providing regular daily updates to
clients. Our public health specialist accompanied
the Red Cross to provide on-the-ground medical
support. We later donated funds towards the
rebuilding of schools and community clinics.
In September the Beijing United Nations
4th World Conference on Women was held
with Hillary Clinton as the keynote speaker.
We managed a number of assistance cases
in support of the attendees.
The acquisition of International SOS Assistance
opened new doors as the brand was already
known in China.
During the civil unrest in Central Africa we
evacuated 200 people via Dubai back to Beijing.
John Williams vividly remembers the plane arriving
to the sound of thousands of fireworks – it was in
fact Chinese New Year, but it made a great welcome.
Following an agreement with the People’s
Liberation Army to use their aircraft in 2001,
we handled the first international medical
transport to China from West Pakistan.
During the SARS epidemic our clinics were
appointed as ‘high fever clinics for foreign
populations’. This was a significant statement
of recognition by the Chinese government and
again increased our credibility with clients.
We opened our office in Chengdu to access western
China. Chengdu is a booming centre of Southwest
China and the government is working hard to attract
more foreign investment. We are very involved in this
massive movement to the west of China.
The Fortune Global Forum was successfully held
in Beijing from 16-18 May. International SOS was
designated by Time Warner and the Beijing
City government to provide the medical and
emergency services.
Reflecting the dynamic status of Chengdu, the
Fortune Global Forum was held there in June
and attended by the CEOs of the Fortune 500
companies and other leaders. We provided
medical standby services and security support
at the event.
We were the assistance provider to The People’s
Insurance Company of China at the Asian Games
in Guangzhou.
Our history-making first flights.
We were the assistance provider to the insurance
sponsor at the Nanjing Youth Games.
Beijing Olympics.


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