315 metric tons of palm oil purchased through funds from OFID arrive at Nampo Port in November 2013.
Photo: WFP/ Daniel Nowack
Despite having limited funding for its operations this year, WFP manages to distribute a three-month ration of oil to orphanages, hospitals and nurseries in DPRKorea.
NAMPO PORT –The first batch of WFP oil arrives and is immediately dispatched to the Super Cereal factory in Haeju. The Super Cereals produced by this factory will reach 968,117 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women for a month.
All in all, WFP, with the support of US$400,000 from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), was able to purchase 315.18 metric tons of palm oil that will help more than one million children, pregnant and nursing mothers in DPRK.
Another portion of the oil was distributed directly as a three-month ration for 16,000 children through orphanages and hospitals located in nine provinces and nursery children in the two northern provinces (North Hamgyong and Ryyanggang).
The nutrition levels in these areas are much worse than the national average – reaching up to 40 percent of children under five in Ryanggang Province. Largely caused by lack of access to fats (oil), protein and inadequate diets, coupled with the effects of the cold winter, many children suffer from health problems. This is why WFP has prioritized the distribution of oil rations to the most vulnerable and sick children to help them recover from respiratory infections.
Due to programme funding challenges, WFP has only been able to provide Super Cereals and nutritious biscuits to 1.6 million vulnerable children and women.