Ethiopia remains one of the world’s least developed countries, ranked 173 out of 187 in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index. Unstable security situations and drought in neighboring countries have resulted in an influx of refugees, particularly to Dollo Ado, located in the Somali region.
The humanitarian community continues to implement life-saving interventions in support of the refugees in the Somali, Gambela and Assosa regions, which are difficult to reach by land due to large distances, infrastructure limitations and insecurity. UNHAS Ethiopia plays a crucial role in facilitating humanitarian access to vulnerable communities in these areas, supporting continued assessment of humanitarian needs and effective monitoring of project implementation, and carrying out medical and security evacuations when required.
The UNHAS Ethiopia fleet in the country is composed of two Cessna Caravans (C-208) and one Dash-8 aircraft and transports approximately 700 passengers and 2 mt of cargo per month. In 2014, 40 humanitarian entities have relied on UNHAS to reach vulnerable communities in eight destinations. More than 80% of UNHAS passengers in Ethiopia travel to and from Dollo Ado, where much needed assistance is carried out in the refugee camps.
In addition, in 2014, UNHAS Ethiopia has supported airdrops and airlifts from Ethiopia into South Sudan, delivering more than 30,000 mt of food.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Pascal Vuillet - Chief Air Transport Officer