Chad is a low-income food-deficit country, ranked 184 of 187 countries on the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index. In 2013, Chad witnessed an escalating influx of refugees from neighboring countries. This has further exacerbated humanitarian needs in Chad where millions are already vulnerable and, to a large extent, have come to rely on humanitarian assistance.
Given the extreme operational circumstances, especially in Eastern Chad, air travel is the only means to reach beneficiaries. Travel between the capital N’Djamena and the refugee camps remains time consuming, and most roads are impassable from June to October due to flooded riverbeds. With the end of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), the demand on UNHAS air assets particularly for evacuations has increased significantly. In 2013, UNHAS Chad expanded its service and provided access for 112 organizations to 19 destinations. Utilizing a fleet of two Let-410 and a Dash-8, UNHAS Chad transports approximately 4,820 passengers and 19 mt of cargo per month.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Geoffrey Mwangi - Chief Air Transport Officer