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651173
05/24/2017 - 10:32

Ramadan is a time when families around the world share meals together. With ShareTheMeal, users have the opportunity to provide vital food and to help others share moments of joy and togetherness.

“Through ShareTheMeal, everyone in the global community can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Yemen and Lebanon,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “What we all do together truly does save lives and change lives, step by step."
 
WFP is funded entirely by contributions from governments, companies and individuals. This year for the first time, ShareTheMeal for Ramadan has a function giving users the power to choose where to send their donation. The first two countries to be included are Yemen and Lebanon.

With the app, users can share vital food and nutrition with hungry communities around the world by simply tapping on their smartphone and donating US$0.50 or more. The ShareTheMeal community recently contributed to WFP’s famine response in South Sudan, where users shared 1 million meals with those people in need in just over one month.

Recent features in Google Play and the Apple App Store, including Apple’s current ‘Ramadan Essentials,’ allow ShareTheMeal to reinforce its mission to engage as many smartphone users as possible in WFP’s efforts to achieve Zero Hunger.

On 18 May, ShareTheMeal won the 2017 Google Play Award for Best Social Impact app during Google’s I/O conference. WFP’s app has engaged a new generation in supporting the fight against hunger. More than 830,000 people have downloaded the app and shared over 13 million meals with thousands of vulnerable children in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Malawi and Cameroon.  

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

ShareTheMeal allows smartphone users to share their meals with hungry people via a free iOS and Android app. ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator.  

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Katharina Weltecke, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65133108, Mob. +39 348 2811 922
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.

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05/24/2017 - 10:10
Cash and Vouchers

About 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA Agencies and the Frontier Regions will take part in the innovative programme. Girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant of PKR 1000 (just under US$10).

Before each monthly cash disbursement, students and their mothers will receive information to raise their awareness of nutrition and general health and hygiene within the family.

The government chose to use biometrics to ensure that the girls attending classes are the girls receiving the cash assistance at the end of the month. It will also free up teachers from manually keeping attendance records. The machines for capturing the girls’ fingerprints are solar powered with an energy storage battery that is securely stored in the classroom.

“We are proud to support the FATA Secretariat whose education agenda recognizes the importance of girls’ education in society. This programme will encourage girls to continue their study to secondary level and help keep them in school. This is key to the development of the region,” said WFP Country Director Finbarr Curran. “WFP is delighted to team up with Australia and Canada on this government-led initiative.”
“Australia is pleased to support WFP’s education programme in the FATA, enabling underprivileged families to send their children, particularly girls, to school.  Investing in education is essential for every country’s successful social and economic development. And there is global recognition of the vital importance of providing girls with equal access to education, both to realize their own potential, and for the broader dividends for the society,” Australian High Commissioner Margret Adamson said.

“The people of FATA are among those who suffered most in the fight against terrorism. By supporting the reintegration of the FATA people, the international community is demonstrating its solidarity with their plight,” noted the Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood.

FATA suffers from exceptionally low levels of female literacy and most girls of high school age are not in class.   WFP has established a feedback mechanism at each school to involve the local community in monitoring the schools receiving assistance, which is a standard practice for WFP programmes.

WFP has been providing education support in FATA since 2008 and has assisted nearly 300,000 students in 1,700 government primary (boys & girls) and secondary schools. In partnership with UNICEF and UNESCO, WFP will further explore possibilities of joint programmes to promote quality education in FATA, building on previous joint initiatives.

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For more information please contact:
 
WFP: Mahira Afzal, WFP Islamabad, mobile: +92 345 855 9333, mahira.afzal@wfp.org
Australian High Commission: Bushra Naz: bushra.naz@dfat.gov.au
Canadian High Commission: Fahrida Rehmat: faridarehmat.gilani@international.gc.ca

 

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

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05/23/2017 - 14:03

Children born with low birth weight are commonly stunted (displaying low growth for age). Later in life, they are at increased risk of chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart disease. Much of the damage done by early childhood undernutrition is irreversible after what is known as the “thousand-day window” – the period covering pregnancy up and the first two years of life.

This is why under the pilot programme, set to continue through 2018 in Moyamba district, 60,000 pregnant and nursing women, and 40,000 children aged six to 23 months, will receive monthly rations of specialised nutritious food when they visit a health clinic. During the period between birth and 6 months, support will be given to nursing mothers in order to promote exclusive breast feeding.

“The food ration acts both as an element to prevent stunting and as an incentive for mothers to access health services,” explains J-PAL Africa Executive Director Laura Poswell.

“Malnutrition makes it very difficult to rise out of poverty,” adds Peter Scott-Bowden, WFP Representative in Sierra Leone. “The importance of prevention cannot be overemphasized.”

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
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For more information please contact:     
                     
Francis Boima, WFP/Sierra Leone, francis.boima@wfp.org

 

 

FREETOWN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa) are partnering on a programme to promote children’s health in Moyamba district, one of the districts in Sierra Leone most affected by chronic malnutrition.

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05/23/2017 - 13:43

Funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) has been instrumental in enabling WFP to provide an innovative package of cash assistance alongside food rations to refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Yemen who live in the Ali-Addeh, Hol-Hol and Obock camps. Given the arid conditions and lack of sustainable livelihood options, WFP food assistance remains the only viable source of support for refugees in the camps.

Over the last two years, EU humanitarian funding has contributed €2.1 million, including €300,000 so far in 2017. This has allowed WFP to provide the cash component of assistance to all refugees, including recently-arrived asylum seekers from Ethiopia, to date reaching a total of 18,500 people per month.

“Thanks to the support maintained by the European Commission, WFP has been able to meet the basic needs of refugees and also stimulate the local economy,” said Jacques Higgins, WFP Country Director for Djibouti. “Cash assistance allows people to decide what they eat and vary their diet by purchasing food such as vegetables and meat from local shops in and around the camps. Through these purchases, refugees and asylum seekers are participating in the economic development of the country,” he added.

With a total requirement of US$ 1.7 million for 2017, cash transfers will be a priority for WFP in Djibouti.  The objective is to respond better to people’s needs and contribute to the local economy.

Thanks to EU humanitarian funding, WFP's cash assistance allows refugees to conduct their lives with self-respect and in harmony with the local people.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Jacques Higgins, WFP/Djibouti, Country Director, Tel. + 25321357493, email address: jacques.higgins@wfp.org
Amanda Lawrence-Brown, WFP/Nairobi, Regional Communications Officer, Tel.  +254207622178, email address: Amanda.lawrence-brown@wfp.org

 

DJIBOUTI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed continued support from the European Commission to provide assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Djibouti.

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05/23/2017 - 08:09

The three agencies work in collaboration with the Government of Mauritania to strengthen security nationwide and protect Malian refugees and support vulnerable local communities in the country’s semi-arid south-eastern Hodh ech Chargui region, where the harsh climate and instability have undermined livelihoods, increased displacements and deepened food insecurity.

“In partnership with the United Nations system, Japan supports the actions of the Mauritanian Government in several areas, including activities to strengthen the capacity of the Mauritanian authorities in managing its borders, controlling illicit trafficking, fighting against terrorism and radicalism, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Mauritanian populations and protecting refugees,” said Japan’s Ambassador to Mauritania, Hisatsugu Shimizu, who visited Hodh ech Chargui last November.  

Since the outbreak of the conflict in northern Mali in 2012, the Government of Mauritania has ensured international protection and a safe asylum space for Malians who sought refuge in Mbera camp, located in Hodh ech Chargui region. Displacement in this area has placed a further strain on already scarce resources in recent years.

From 2012, the Japanese government has provided more than US $38 million for humanitarian interventions and collective capacity building for peace and security to the three agencies. The renewed contribution – part of a wider Japanese regional package of assistance – is a key for the combined efforts of the three agencies to ensure protection and vital support for both the refugees and the vulnerable Mauritanian host communities, and peaceful coexistence and collaboration between these populations in stronger security.

According to the UNHCR Representative in Mauritania, Mohamed Alwash, the Japanese funding will contribute to the protection of refugees, camp management and the provision of essential services such as general distributions, health services and education to avoid the “loss of a generation” in Mbera camp.  
“While UNHCR and its partners continue to strengthen refugees’ self-reliance to reduce their dependency on humanitarian assistance, donors’ contributions remain vital to maintain the protection progresses achieved up to date,” Alwash said.

Japan’s generous contribution will also allow WFP to provide a comprehensive package of food assistance, nutrition and livelihoods support for some 22,500 vulnerable Mauritanians living around Mbera and to continue assisting 50,000 Malian refugees in Mbera camp.
“We highly appreciate the Japanese contribution as a positive example to be followed for addressing the needs of both refugees and the host population in an integrated manner, which will facilitate the on-going efforts to enhance the social cohesion in the area and look for longer-term solutions towards zero hunger”, said Jean-Noel Gentile, WFP Representative and Country Director in Mauritania.

According to Anke Strauss, IOM Chief of Mission in Mauritania, the renewed contribution from Japan will support strengthening the collective capacity to prevent the negative impact of irregular migration and to protect peace and security though the continuous capacity building of the police and the stronger engagement of local populations, in particular the collaboration between the Mauritanian youth in Bassikounou and the Malian youth in Mbera camp. Anke Strauss greeted the continuous constructive partnership among the Government of Mauritania, IOM and the Government of Japan. “Our future experiences will further extend this partnership to ensure the security of all,” said Strauss.

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UNHCR coordinates the humanitarian response to the refugee situation to ensure protection, access to primary education, health, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as the provision of life-saving items in Mbera camp. The organisation works to promote self-reliance and pacific coexistence in the camp and surroundings.

WFP provides monthly general food distributions and works to treat and prevent moderate and acute malnutrition by providing fortified nutritional supplements for children under five, and pregnant and nursing women, as well as a daily hot meal to children at school in Mbera camp. In addition, WFP assists vulnerable Mauritanians with food and nutritional assistance through safety nets and resilience building programmes in the most food-insecure areas of the country. Capacity development of key national food security and nutrition institutions is a crosscutting priority of all WFP interventions.

IOM collaborates with the Government of Mauritania and other partners to strengthen the national migration management capacity and enhance support of migrants in the country. Moreover, since the outbreak of the conflict in northern Mali in 2012, IOM has supported host communities surrounding the Mbera refugee camp, as well as the Malian refugees.

For more information please contact:
•    UNHCR Mauritania:
Helena B. Pes, Associate Public Information Officer, pes@unhcr.org, Tel: +222 22 887 904
•    WFP:
Vanessa Rizzi, Donor Relations and Communications Officer, WFP/Mauritania, vanessa.rizzi@wfp.org, +222 44 40 00 05
Elizabeth Bryant, Regional Communications Officer, WFP/Dakar, elizabeth.bryant@wfp.org, + 221 77 639 4271
•    IOM Mauritania:
Tomoko Sato, Project Manager, tsato@iom.int, tel +222 49383790

 

The Government of Japan has provided US$6 million for the humanitarian efforts of three United Nations agencies in Mauritania: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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05/19/2017 - 09:08

WFP started to airlift food to the southeastern border town of Bangassou, to distribute to about 7,200 people, mostly women and children, affected by deadly militia fighting in early- to mid-May. To fight malnutrition, WFP is also delivering specialized nutritional food to children under two, alongside the food distribution.

“WFP is stepping up its response to reach families displaced by militia violence in Bangassou, and also in Alindao and Bria,” said Felix B.F. Gomez, WFP Country Director in C.A.R., referring to two other towns where clashes among rival groups have uprooted several thousand people in recent days.

“We are moving food stocks by road and air to provide food to all those affected and stave off hunger among already highly vulnerable families,” Gomez added.

WFP needs US$9.9 million to continue to provide lifesaving assistance to families hardest hit by the ongoing crisis in C.A.R., one of the world’s poorest countries, where years of unrest have left roughly half the population dependent on humanitarian support. Until now, only half of the necessary funds have been secured.  

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Marie-Joëlle Jean-Charles, WFP/C.A.R., mariejo.jncharles@wfp.org, +236 72187590
Simon Pierre Diouf, WFP/Dakar, elizabeth.bryant @wfp.org, + 221 776375964

 

BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is dispatching food by air and road to thousands of people in need of food assistance in conflict-torn Central African Republic (C.A.R.), where a new wave of violence has killed dozens of people and displaced thousands.

651144
05/18/2017 - 14:49
School Meals

Muminabad is one of 52 districts in Tajikistan where WFP provides school meals. The WFP school meals programme in Tajikistan provides a daily hot lunch to around 370,000 schoolchildren in over 2,000 schools in rural Tajikistan, which represents more than 50 percent of schools in the country.

WFP school meals in Tajikistan consist of bread made of fortified wheat flour and soup made of pulses, enriched oil, iodised salt and vegetables. In November 2016, WFP joined efforts with Caritas to provide school meals in Muminabad. Caritas prevents, combats and alleviates poverty worldwide in more than 30 countries.

The visit marked an occasion for the Earth Group to observe WFP and Caritas joint activities in the framework of the school meals programme in the district. WFP had an opportunity to present its activities in two schools in Langar and Hanatarosh villages, which are part of its school meals programme.

“We are hugely grateful to WFP and Caritas for having organised such an incredible visit,” said Matt Moreau, one of the founders of the Earth Group. “The opportunity to visit the school meals programme will ensure that we can communicate to our community back home that our donations are indeed going exactly where we say they are going. The children were well fed and enjoying themselves in school, and this gives us the confidence that we are supporting the right programme, and that WFP is the right organisation to be partnered with. We are proud to announce our continued support for WFP in Tajikistan.”

The Earth Group exists entirely to provide food, water, and education to children. The group sells tea, coffee and water across the world donating 100 percent of its profits to fund WFP school meal programmes across the globe.  The group strives to create positive change in the lives of people who live in dire circumstances.  

The visitors were able to view the improvements made in the school kitchens and canteens and had a chance to sample daily fresh lunches at schools. They also met with school staff, students and parents to hear their stories and assess the programme’s impact on their lives.

“We strive to reach the ultimate goal of helping local communities to develop a sustainable school feeding scheme in the district and across the country. With the main focus on community empowerment, we are currently supporting 28 schools in the district,” said Andrea Berardo, Head of the WFP Programme Unit in Tajikistan.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information please contact (firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Dilbar Ruzadorova, WFP/Tajikistan, Tel. +992 9000 929 87
Zohir Sharipov, WFP/Tajikistan, Tel. +992 9399 990 90

 

 

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan in partnership with Caritas Switzerland (Caritas) ) hosted a five-day visit for an organisation that raises money for school meals – the Canadian Earth Group – in Dushanbe and Muminabad 13 to 17 May 2017.

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05/17/2017 - 10:42
Cash and Vouchers

The cards can be used in shops, like any debit card, or they can be used to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine (ATM). The programme provides 100 Turkish Lira (roughly €26) for each member of vulnerable families every month. Registration began in November 2016 and continues across the country with the goal of assisting at least one million refugees in 2017.

“The card helps me immensely with buying food and paying the rent. Getting by without it would be difficult because I have a big family,” said Şaban, a Syrian refugee who currently lives in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep with his mother, wife and six children.

The ESSN programme is a partnership between the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish government.

“Reaching half a million people in less than six months is an enormous accomplishment. Traditional aid delivery would take much longer, cost more and not address what people really need: a basic income to cover their everyday needs. By teaming up with humanitarian actors and the government of Turkey we will soon be able to reach at least twice that number of people in need,” said Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Turkey is generously hosting the largest refugee population in the world, an estimated three million people, the majority of whom were uprooted from their homes in neighbouring Syria. With more than 90 percent living outside refugee camps, in cities and villages across Turkey, hundreds of thousands are struggling to overcome challenging conditions and rely on this form of assistance to get by.

“Cash assistance is the right solution for refugees in Turkey. Everything they need is readily available in shops so the money they spend goes back into the communities that are hosting them,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “This support is helping thousands of parents give their children the stability they need at home.”

Turkish Red Crescent President Dr. Kerem Kınık said: “We have done exemplary work with the European Union and WFP to provide more humanitarian living conditions for refugees. Our humanitarian programs for Syrian refugees, which we implemented for 6 years with our own means, have reached a new level with the ESSN. From now on, I am certain that the standards set by the ESSN will be a reference point for assisting vulnerable people."

Refugees living in Turkey are able to apply for the programme through the offices of the Turkish Red Crescent and the Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundations of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, which have been processing thousands of applications every week. Families assessed to be the most vulnerable then receive an SMS informing them that they have been accepted into the programme and will receive monthly cash assistance. Those families assessed to be ineligible are also informed via SMS and they can re-apply if their family composition changes over time.

WFP signed the partnership agreement with the EU in September 2016. The ESSN is the largest humanitarian project funded by the EU due to the number of people it intends to support and the importance of the EU's contribution.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.  Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. The EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.

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For more information please contact:
 
WFP (e-mail address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Martin Penner, WFP/Ankara, Mob.  +39 340 246 6831
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 15218882
 
ECHO (firstname.lastname@echofield.eu):
Mathias Eick, ECHO/Ankara, Mob. +90-5334125663
Begum IMAN, Ankara, Mob. +90 (0) 536 866 01 58

 

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

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05/16/2017 - 14:01

After more than a year of ration cuts caused by a shortage of funding, new donor contributions from China and other countries have allowed WFP to resume full food rations to refugees from April to July.  In Kenya, refugees cannot work outside the refugee camps and with limited sources of income, they are heavily dependent on WFP for food.

“We welcome this critical contribution from China as WFP has struggled to provide adequate food to refugees living in camps in food-insecure northern Kenya due to insufficient funds,” said Annalisa Conte, WFP’s Country Director and Representative for Kenya. “It is important that our donors continue to support this much-needed assistance for the refugees, especially when they are also vulnerable to the effects of the severe drought affecting the country,” she added.

Every month, refugees collect a general food ration from WFP of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and a nutrient-enriched flour made from soya and maize. The Chinese contribution has enabled WFP to buy 9,000 metric tonnes of cereals, the main staple in the food basket.

“China has responded quickly to the appeals of the international community for support to all those affected by drought in Kenya and other African countries.  We have provided relief materials or cash aid as needed” said H.E Dr. Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador in Kenya. “At the same time, China has within its capacity rendered support to the assistance programs initiated by multilateral development organizations, and has exchanged experience in an increasingly open-minded manner.”
In addition to the monthly food ration, WFP sends a monthly cash transfer through mobile telephones, which is equivalent to one third of the minimum food requirement. The cash transfers are giving refugees a chance to diversify their diets while also increasing livelihood opportunities for both refugees and the surrounding communities.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Martin Karimi, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2301, Mob. +254 707 722 161
Amanda Lawrence-Brown, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2336, Mob. +254 707 722 105

 

NAIROBI – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China to support 420,000 refugees living in camps in northern Kenya.

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05/16/2017 - 09:09

The contribution comes from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The funds will be used to provide specialised nutritious foods for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition among nearly 190,000 children and people living with HIV or tuberculosis (TB). They will also benefit some 36,000 food-insecure households and families hosting orphaned and vulnerable children.  

“The contribution from PEPFAR comes at a time when we’re already seeing an alarming deterioration in food security as well as in the nutritional status of people living with HIV and in HIV-affected households,” says Rose Craigue, WFP Senior Regional Advisor for Nutrition & HIV for Southern Africa. “This support will enable WFP to scale up its programmes, reaching more people in need of assistance.”

The 2015/2016 El Niño event with its devastating drought affected countries that carry the highest burden of HIV in Southern Africa. The five countries targeted for PEPFAR support have HIV prevalence rates of between 10 and 26 percent.

People living with HIV or TB are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. The antiretroviral medication they take is less effective unless combined with good nutrition.  And when they do not have enough to eat, they are less likely to adhere to their treatment. This can lead to increased viral load, opportunistic infections and progression of the disease.  Moreover, food insecurity has been found to increase gender-based violence and force people to engage in behavior such as transactional sex, which in turn makes them more vulnerable to HIV infection.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Rose Craigue, Johannesburg, mobile: + 27 082 908 1411; email: rose.craigue@wfp.org
David Orr, Johannesburg, mobile + 27 82 908 1417; email: david.orr@wfp.org

 

 

 

 

 

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.