WFP has a team of spokespeople all over the world who are on stand-by 24 hours a day to answer media inquiries.
Speed is of the essence right now, and the entire humanitarian community is working around the clock to get on top of this crisis. WFP is using its logistics expertise to build Ebola Treatment Units, to transport huge amounts of cargo into the affected countries and then, once it’s here, making sure its stored, managed properly so it can be sent out to remote areas where is really needed. The spread of Ebola is disrupting food trade and markets not just in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia but also the surrounding region. Many families have already seen their livelihoods affected. WFP is working to make sure that this health crisis does not become a food and nutrition crisis as well.
Displaced by the conflict in the North, many families in Mali have difficulty meeting their basic needs. In the cities of Bamako and Mopti, WFP has established a cash transfer system that is progressively replacing traditional food distributions. The financial assistance allows families to choose and purchase their own food. For displaced families, cash transfers can represent a first step back to a normal life.