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1 February 2010

When they first began to receive sensitisations on HIV/AIDS over a decade ago, the refugees did not believe it really existed. Just like many Zambians, they viewed the effects of HIV/AIDS as a work of witchcraft. They did not believe HIV/AIDS existed.(..) NHCR has received support from its internal basket, including that from the Zambian Government by way of ARVs and food supplements from the World Food Programme (WFP).


1 February 2010

International relief organizations backed by American soldiers delivered hundreds of tons of rice to homeless residents of the Haitian capital Sunday (..) By day's end, the U.N. World Food Program calculated that roughly 400 metric tons of rice had been delivered to nine sites. (..) Deliveries will resume Monday as the World Food Program, bolstered by an $80 million U.S. contribution, seeks to reach 2 million people in the next two weeks. The agency hopes the system will lead to distribution of other badly needed food and relief supplies.


1 February 2010

Under a new targeted approach to aid thousands of other women across Haiti's capital no longer have to battle with men at food hand-outs that in recent days have been chaotic and dangerous scrums. (..) Our experience around the world is that food is more likely to be equitably shared in the household if it is given to women," WFP spokesman Marcus Prior said at the stadium, now a sprawling encampment of families left homeless by the quake.


31 January 2010

The UN has begun a large-scale aid distribution in Haiti's capital, aiming to feed two million people nearly three weeks after the deadly earthquake. Only women will be able to collect the aid from 16 centres, exchanging vouchers for sacks of rice to give to their children and families.


31 January 2010

Massive food distribution coordinated by the World Food Programme, international aid agencies and the Haitian government will begin Sunday in the quake-ravaged capital. (..) "It is the most complex challenge we have ever confronted, but this distribution system will not only allow us to reach more people, it will give us the qualitative step we need to facilitate the delivery of all kinds of humanitarian assistance in the weeks and months to come," WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement from Rome, Italy.


31 January 2010

The UN has begun a large-scale aid distribution in Haiti's capital, aiming to feed two million people nearly three weeks after the deadly earthquake. (..) "Up until now the nature of this emergency has forced us to work in a 'quick and dirty' way simply to get food out," said Executive Director Josette Sheeran.


29 January 2010

The political, financial and intellectual power present at Davos provides the potential for so much good to be accomplished. (..) The key lesson from DSM's partnership with the World Food Programme is that when the private sector is really engaged with IGOs on both the product and strategic levels, then real progress can be made. This can be seen in Haiti where DSM has been working very closely with the WFP to provide immediate emergency support and to develop a longer-term strategy for rebuilding the country's nutrition base.


29 January 2010

As humanitarian efforts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, begin to hum along and Washington's attention shifts from relief to recovery, there is a growing appetite in some quarters of Capitol Hill for an ambitious nation-building project. (..) USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah (..) warned that the humanitarian crisis has not passed. On Monday, he visited USAID's disaster response center with Josette Sheeran, executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, to fire up the troops. "It's important,” he said, "that people don't take their eye off the ball."


29 January 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that while the relief effort in Haiti is beginning to gain its footing, providing food for more than 2 million people a day represents the most complex task it has ever faced. Relief agencies have tried to buy goods locally and regionally, but such efforts have been hampered because local markets affected by the earthquake have been slow to re-open, and Haiti's subsistence farms have been unable to ramp up production. This has forced the WFP to use nearly all of its stores of high-energy biscuits and nutrient-rich meals which do not require water.


28 January 2010

Christina Aguilera and Muhammad Ali have joined forces with the Yum! Brands Foundation to help raise much needed money for the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Haiti relief efforts.