Afghanistan faces enormous recovery needs after three decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters. Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty with a crumbling infrastructure and a landscape that is suffering from environmental damage. This rugged, landlocked country remains one of the poorest in the world, with more than half the population living below the poverty line and many displaced.
Regular and sustained access to areas requiring humanitarian assistance is a key challenge for aid agencies. In addition to the widespread insecurity, access is limited because of the inhospitable terrain and poor road infrastructure.
For humanitarian workers, air travel is the only option to reach beneficiaries in remote and insecure areas within Afghanistan. UNHAS supports the implementation and monitoring of humanitarian interventions. With the reduction of UNAMA air support, UNHAS’ role is ever more crucial. In response to humanitarian needs and to ensure that approximately 160 humanitarian entities can provide assistance to vulnerable populations, UNHAS Afghanistan augmented its fleet at the beginning of 2013 and is currently operating three aircraft: a 9-seater Beechcraft King Air 350, a 37-seater Dash-8-202 and a 19-seater high altitude MI-8MTV-1 helicopter.
UNHAS Afghanistan transports on average 1,940 passengers and 7.3 mt of cargo per month to over 20 destinations.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Carlos Botta - Chief Air Transport Officer