The special Operation (SO) 200507 has been prepared to ensure continued provision of safe and reliable air transport services to the humanitarian community in Somalia and Kenya for the period 2013-2014. From 1 July 2007 until 31 December 2012 air operations services were implemented through the SO 106810. Over the past years there have been numerous changes in the operation which were reflected through five budget revisions on SO106810 resulting in an overall budget increase up to USD 95,772,987 million from the initial budget of US$23,204,823. The new Special Operation for UNHAS activities will reflect the current humanitarian context, latest operational objectives and set up of the operation. SO 200507 will also spell out the need for the Aviation services in Kenya and formally establish an SO for Humanitarian Air Service in support of relief operations for both Somalia and Kenya.
Humanitarian Assistance Remains Vital
An estimated 731,000 people remain in “crisis” and “emergency”, according to the latest findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU). People belonging to these households require urgent lifesaving humanitarian assistance to help meet immediate food needs...