Chad is a low-income food-deficit country, ranked 183 of 187 countries on the 2011 UNDP Human Development Index. It is estimated that there are 330,000 refugees in Chad, putting additional pressure on the limited resources of the already highly vulnerable local population. In 2012, Chad witnessed several significant changes in the humanitarian context which will have an impact on the humanitarian response in 2013.
Malnutrition and food insecurity in the west and Sahel region, the continuing but slow return of IDPs in the east, and the continued presence of refugees in the east and south, present important challenges to humanitarian actors in 2013. The ability of the humanitarian community to continue responding to these needs depends on undisrupted access to populations in need.
Given the poor road conditions, prevailing insecurity and remote location of beneficiary communities, travel by road is extremely risky and impracticable, and it has been currently restricted for humanitarian actors. WFP/UNHAS therefore remains the only safe and reliable mode of transport for the humanitarian community, and services over 100 humanitarian organisations.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Bernard de Wouters, Chief Air Transport Officer, WFP/UNHAS Chad
Tel: +235 6699 3320