Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 Airlifts 20+ Tons of Medical Equipment and Supplies to Bangladesh

Responding to what has become a major humanitarian crisis, Samaritan's Purse is deploying its DC-8 cargo plane packed with medical supplies to Bangladesh. The international Christian relief organization is providing aid to struggling refugees who have fled from Myanmar (formerly Burma). 

Samaritan's Purse began helping refugees in the area three months ago when the organization sent a team of disaster response specialists, doctors and nurses to Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are living in crowded refugee camps with limited access to food, water and medical care. Daily, thousands of Rohingya refugees are making the journey across the border from Myanmar seeking safety and a better life. 

As the influx of refugees increases, Samaritan's Purse is using its DC-8 to help increase the medical capacity of a local partner hospital in Bangladesh that the organization has supported for 36 years. Samaritan's Purse has completed the construction of one 24-bed patient care unit and is in the process of building an additional ward, as well as providing desperately needed medical equipment. Medical supplies on the flight will include anesthesia machines, an x-ray machine, surgical tables, patient monitors and other critical items—doubling the hospital's capacity. 

In addition to medical supplies, Samaritan's Purse is sending more medical personnel to Bangladesh, including a surgeon and more than a dozen nurses. This increased capacity will provide additional relief to sick and injured refugees.

Samaritan's Purse DC-8 departs from Greensboro, North Carolina, airlifting medical supplies to Bangladesh hospital

Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. with media opportunities beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Piedmont Triad International Airport, Samaritan's Purse Hangar (701 North Terminal Service Road, Greensboro, NC 27409)

Kaitlyn Lahm, media relations manager, 828.406.0365


  • Interviews with Dave Holzhauer, who is managing the Samaritan's Purse response in Bangladesh
  • Photo and video opportunities of DC-8 taking off  
  • High-res photos of Samaritan's Purse working in Bangladesh

About Samaritan's Purse
Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit