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EU contributes to WFP lifesaving aid to Afghans

EU contributes to WFP lifesaving aid to Afghans

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Jul 12, 2020 - 15:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations Worldinfo-icon Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a new contribution of EUR 3.6 million from the European Union (EU) for lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable Afghans affected by natural and man-made disasters.

 “Humanitarian needs across Afghanistaninfo-icon are high and communities in hard-to-reach areas, often with minimal healthcare services, are amongst those most in need of assistance,” said Luigi Pandolfi, head of EU humanitarian programs in Afghanistan.

“Coronavirus struck Afghanistan at a time of urgent needs and therefore the capacity of aid workers to reach food-insecure families, malnourished children and mothers has never been more important.”

The EU contribution will allow WFP to distribute food to nearly 470,000 people displaced by conflict or affected by natural hazards, including seasonal flooding and landslides.

It will also help WFP reach more than 150,000 malnourished children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in remote areas with food and nutrition assistance through mobile healthinfo-icon teams.

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the EU,” said Robert Kasca, WFP Deputy Country Director and Officer-in-Charge in Afghanistan.

“This generous funding comes at a critical time, as needs are rising rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help us save and protect many lives, offering critical support to communities which are still struggling to overcome the long-term impact of conflict and insecurity, compounded by the worst drought in a decade that hit the country in 2018.”

Recently, the EU contributed an additional EUR 500,000 to boost WFP’s supply chain capacity in Afghanistan. With that funding, WFP will purchase four new all-terrain trucks to replace old vehicles that have been in service for three decades.

 

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