A CHRISTIAN charity has launched an operation in Guinea to support people in poverty and aid agencies working in the region.
Mission Aviation Fellowship unveiled its plans in May after research showed its aviation services could save aid agencies time and money and provide safer travel and medical services in remote locations.
“The presence of a consistent, sustainable domestic airline will greatly enhance development and support the work of aid agencies and Christian ministry in the country,” said a MAF spokesman. Guinea is ranked 178 out of 189 countries on the UN’s Human Development index.
Figures from the UN, World Health Organisation and World Food Programme show one in 20 children will not survive their first birthday. Stastistics show there is barely one doctor for every 1,000 people, with 55 per cent of the population living below the breadline.
In addition, an Ebola outbreak reoccurred in the city of Nzérékoré in February, but poor infrastructure and transport difficulties left aid agencies struggling to reach it.