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2 December 2011

Indonesia: Fortified Biscuits Help Increase Attendance At Community Health Centres In NTT

As part of government efforts to address nutrition issues in Indonesia, WFP’s provision of fortified biscuits has helped double attendance rates at health centres in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) province
Focus on Women
1 December 2011

Food Aid Brings Fresh Water To Nepalese Village

Kanukura, 33, says that carrying water up the mountain slopes to her village used to be the hardest part of her day. It’s a job that mainly fell to women in this part of Nepal, who faced a backbreaking climb when they needed water. But that’s changed now, thanks to a new village tap, from which women like Kanukura can get  clean drinking water whenever they need it.

Aid professionals
30 November 2011

IT Expert Keeps The Lights On In Somalia

WFP staff in Somalia depend on generators for power, but poor-quality diesel fuel in the country can lead to frequent breakdowns. To tackle the problem, a WFP IT expert has devised a custom filtering system which protects the generator from impurities. Deployed across the country, the system has helped to provide aid workers with a more reliable source of power.

First time here
29 November 2011

Eight Examples Of Effective Food Aid

Governments and aid experts are meeting in the Korean city of Busan this week to look for ways to make international aid more effective. Food assistance is a critical part of that discussion and WFP, which has 50 years of experience fighting hunger worldwide, is there to contribute what it has learned. From school meals to e-vouchers, here are eight examples of aid that WFP’s experience has shown to be effective.

Students
29 November 2011

249 Students, 6 Weeks, Infinite Possibilities To Make A Difference

In early October, WFP launched a unique online course with the One Campaign and WFPUSA to transform students from all walks of life into powerful spokespersons in the fight against hunger. Some 249 students from all over the world enrolled in “Growing Solutions to Hunger: The Hunger and Agriculture Griots Project” to learn the facts of hunger, explore agricultural solutions, and challenge themselves to develop new advocacy skills. Six weeks later, these proud graduates – one mother, one teacher, one PhD student, and one grandfather – wanted to share with you their personal stories of transformation.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
28 November 2011

For World's Poor, Right Food Key To Beating HIV

For people living with HIV, eating nutritious food is essential. Proper nutrition, combined with medical treatment, means they can recover their health and resume productive lives. WFP supports some 2.5 million people in 44 countries through its HIV programmes. Here are three of those people.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
28 November 2011

Swaziland: Grandmother Manages To Care For Kids Despite Challenges

In a country where AIDS has left countless children orphans and where life expectancy is only 47, Nosipho and her grandchildren might appear to have the cards stacked against them. But with a bit of food assistance, the determined 50-year-old, diagnosed with HIV five years ago, is steering the children towards a brighter future.

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.

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