Swift move by EU helped ease nutrition crisis, UN official says

Published on 26 April 2013

UN officials say the European Commission’s decision to divert €30 million in EU humanitarian aid to the World Food Programme’s emergency nutrition effort – a week after allocating €275 million for the the Sahel – helped prevent a far deeper crisis, but also showed the value of flexible response and funding. The Commission’s humanitarian arm, ECHO, “channelled” money to the WFP to provide emergency food and nutritional supplements for pregnant women and children under two to help prevent stunting and other serious health effects of severe malnutrition, said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s regional director for east and central Africa.

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