VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 24 sets of computers and printers and 80 motorbikes valued at US$162,000 to the Ministry as part of continuing cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen the Ministry’s provincial and district staff capacity for programme implementation and monitoring.
H.E. Dr. Som Ock Kingsada, Vice Minister Associate Professor of MOH, Mr. Bradley Guerrant, WFP Lao PDR Representative, staff from MOH at central and provincial levels and WFP staff participated in the handover event on 8 November at the Ministry’s office.
“We are very happy that WFP contributes to building the capacities of our provincial and district staff to enable them to manage their work more effectively and efficiently,” said H.E. Dr. Som Ock Kingsada. “MOH and WFP continue to have a close working relationship, so thanks to WFP for their continuous support to our Ministry.”
WFP’s contribution will help, in the short term, strengthening the implementation and monitoring of the WFP-supported nutrition activities. On the long term, this capacity building will also benefit all of the Government’s monitoring and evaluating for its Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme.
“In partnership with the Ministry, we have been able to assist over 12,800 children under two years of age and more than 3,800 pregnant and breastfeeding women, so far this year,” said Bradley Guerrant. “Early last month, I visited the MCHN programme implemented in a health centre in Beng district and Nang and Ladhane villages in Oudomxay province. In talking with those attending the clinics, the mothers said that their babies were born healthier and had less incident of sickness compared with their siblings of the same age.”
In Lao PDR, 44 percent of children under five are stunted (where a child is considered - medically speaking - as too short for his or her age because of chronic malnutrition). The WFP-supported MCHN programme provides nutritious supplements to two target groups: pregnant and breastfeeding women and children from 6 to 23 months of age, to prevent stunting. The progamme operates in the four target provinces of Luangnamtha, Oudomxay, Luangprabang and Sekong.
WFP’s nutrition programme receives generous support from the Government of Canada, the Government of France, the Government of Japan, the Government of Luxembourg, Republic of Korea, and YUM! Brands.
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In 2012, WFP Lao PDR provided over 3,200 metric tons of food to more than 225,000 people throughout the country. To learn more about WFP operations in Lao PDR, visit our website: http://www.wfp.org/countries/laos
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