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Fight Against HIV/AIDS
25 November 2011

Cambodia: 'Without HIV Support I Probably Would Have Died'

Thanks to her chicken farming and small grocery business, Pong Onn is now able to look after herself and her daughter. But to get here she had to weather a series of crises after learning that she was HIV positive. One of them was the sudden death of her husband. Getting through the tough times required support, which came from WFP and a local NGO, Cambodian HIV/AIDS Education and Care.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
24 November 2011

Bolivia: Woman Learns About HIV The Hard Way

Before Dora was diagnosed with HIV, she had never even heard of the disease. But she quickly learned about its effects on herself and on ability to care for her children. Now, with WFP’s food and nutrition support, she is stronger, healthier and better able to provide for herself and her family.

Focus on Women
23 November 2011

In Colombia, Food Assistance Is Part Of Response To Violence Against Women

In Colombia, WFP assists many victims of sexual and gender-based violence, providing them with food assistance as they recover. As part of her work for WFP, Mariangela Bizzarri recently visited a town on Colombia's Pacific coast to meet some of these women and to assess the impact of the violence they have experienced. She sent us this personal account of one day of meetings.

Focus on Women
19 November 2011

Afghanistan Diary - Day Six

On the final day of Silke's trip to central Afghanistan, she meets three women, each of whom impress her with their determination to improve their own lives, and those of their families and their community. One of them is thrilled at simply having a job in a government office. As a child the idea of working outside her home had seemed impossible.

18 November 2011

Afghanistan Diary - Day Five

With her jeep sliding around in mud, Silke enters the Yakawlang district of Bamyan, where she finds out how a village can be rain-soaked and severely drought-affected at the same time. Talking to the men of the village she also finds out how they are planning to deal with the coming food shortages and what long-term effects that could have on the community.

Food For Assets
17 November 2011

Afghanistan Diary - Day Four

On day four of her trip through the Bamyan region of central Afghanistan, Silke meets a 40-year-old woman who missed out on her chance to learn to read and write when she was young, but is now determined to learn those skills. In the meantime, she's being helped by WFP food rations. Silke also takes a hike on one of the new tourist trails being built through the mountains, also with WFP's help.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
16 November 2011

Afghanistan Diary - Day Three

During Silke Buhr's third day in Afghanistan, she visits Bamyan Hospital and learns how important food assistance is for patients at the tuberculosis clinic. She also meets Khadeja, a woman who's found a new lease of life thanks to involvement in a plant nursery, which is indirectly helping to improve soil quality in the area.

15 November 2011

Afghanistan Diary - Day Two

Silke's second day in the mountains of central of Afghanistan does not go as planned. After getting bumped off her helicopter flight to the Daykundi province, Silke visits a home for waiting mothers' to find that all of them have gone to have their babies. But she does get the chance to meet Dr Raihana, a courageous woman who's changing the world one healthy baby at a time.

14 November 2011

A Diary From Afghanistan

WFP’s Silke Buhr is currently travelling in the mountains of Central Afghanistan to see how food aid is helping to transform the lives of the people who live there. Here are a few excerpts from her travel diary, which paint a fascinating picture of one of the least visited places on Earth.

14 November 2011

UN Agencies Must Innovate To Respond To Future Crises, Says UNHCR Head

Global megatrends like urbanization and climate change are forcing humanitarian agencies like WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to innovate, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told WFP’s Executive Board on Monday. 

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