Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Haiti: Food assistance operation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 gennaio 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme has today begun a major scaling up of its operation with the start of the first systematic food distribution programme to reach people affected by the Haiti earthquake.  Under the leadership of the Haitian government, and in coordination with the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the US military, and a group of key non-governmental organisations, WFP is rolling out distributions at 16 fixed sites across the Haitian capital, with the aim of reaching over two million people during a two-week period.  The scale-up of the operation will begin on Saturday with distributions of coupons across the city, and families will be targeted in coordination with local authorities. The first distributions will then take place at all 16 sites on Sunday, and continue for 15 days.  Each family will receive a 25 kilogramme ration of rice, with only women being allowed into distribution sites to collect their share. WFP and its partners will work with the local authorities to ensure that men in need of assistance are not excluded.  Separate from this new operation, distributions to those affected by the earthquake currently living outside Port-au-Prince will continue, as will specialist support to hospitals and orphanages.  WFP’s response has been hampered by the almost complete decimation of the city’s infrastructure, the destruction of the supply chain to move food and other supplies into and around the country, and the huge scale of need. The congested, densely populated urban setting has also presented the humanitarian effort with a huge challenge.  Despite all these obstacles, WFP has reached nearly 600,000 people with over 16 million meals since the earthquake struck.


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