10 December 2008
Due to resourcing constraints, WFP, C-SAFE (a major pipeline), and donors have agreed to put a cap on the distribution of food assistance to a maximum of 6 members per household under the VGF during December 2008. By applying the cap, WFP will provide food to 3.5 million people with nearly 40,000 mt of food, while maintaining the same ration given in November 2008 distributions (a cereal ration of 10 kg and pulses 1 kg per person per month). For the SN, WFP plans to assist 400,000 people in December 2008 with nearly 4,000 mt of food.
Within the context of the cholera outbreak, WFP is exploring the possibility of a cross-contamination mitigation strategy. The strategy would include the provision of food (prepared on-site) to Cholera Treatment Centers/Units (CTC/CTU) for staff on shift, care-takers and to recuperating patients before their discharge. On 9 December 2008, WFP met with C-SAFE, MSF-H & MSF-L to finalise a food intervention model/strategy that caters to the threshold of CTC patients and offers food baskets with commodities. The inter-cluster technical working group on cholera will also be involved in the inter-agency contingency plan for cholera response by 15 December 2008.