ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday to assess the situation on the ground following last week’s devastating earthquake.
WFP began distributing food assistance within hours of the earthquake and has launched a US$279 million relief operation to reach 2 million Haitians as well as providing logistical and telecommunications support to the entire humanitarian community.
During her 2-day trip, Sheeran will visit those affected by the earthquake and meet government and relief agency officials.
Sheeran will also meet with WFP staff members, many of whom have been injured and lost their homes, and continue to work around the clock in tremendously difficult conditions.
Since the earthquake struck, WFP has been streaming humanitarian assistance into Haiti, opening up air, sea and land corridors. So far, WFP has distributed approximately 1 million food rations to around 200,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince.
For further information:
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44-20-72409001, Mob. +44-7968-008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41-22-9178564, Mob. +41-792857304
Jennifer Parmelee, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1-202-4223383
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob. +1-646-8241112