It's part of a global hub-and-spokes flight system for medical and humanitarian supplies, transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic.
With air travel at a standstill, how do frontline responders get the supplies they need? WFP's new network of logistic hubs will bridge the gap.
COVID-19 pandemic is causing border closures, travel restrictions and supply chain complexities never faced before, but WFP is still finding ways to save lives.
The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Panama has already airlifted more than eight tons of supplies, including COVID-19 kits, to 24 countries.
WFP is prepositioning food, delivering medical equipment, providing emergency food rations, and using its global logistics network to help the world's most vulnerable populations cope with COVID-19.
Right now, WFP’s primary focus is continuing to fulfill its mission to get lifesaving food to millions of people around the world while protecting the safety and health of its staff.
Families are arriving by the thousands at already over-crowded camps and they need everything — blankets, medicine, tents and, of course, food.
“Move to higher ground!” “Keep your family together!” “Keep your phones charged and dry!” These were the warnings that rang out in the hours before the storm hit.
WFP has achieved an unprecedented expansion of food assistance in Yemen, scaling it up by 50 percent. But still, over 11 million people continue to face a daily struggle of finding enough food.
Under a partnership with IOM and UNHCR, WFP has built 50,000 sqm of new roads, repaired 85,000 sqm of existing roads and stabilized 280,000 sqm of slopes.
First the first time in nearly eight years, three WFP-contracted barges sailed to South Sudan with enough food to feed 370,000 people for one month.
WFP faces a dizzying number of challenges in delivering assistance to the 5 million people who need it. Abductions, looting, harassment and illegal checkpoints are only the beginning.