WFP Publication
19 February 2015
WFP Publication
26 January 2015


 Following a request from WHO, the UNHRD Rapid Response Team (RRT) has rehabilitat-ed a 40-bed holding centre in Kambia, north-ern Sierra Leone.

 The Logistics Cluster, through the Air Coordi-nation Cell (ACC), will provide an additional free-to-user inter-agency flight on 27 January from the Europe Staging Area at Cologne Bonn Airport, to Freetown and Conakry, in order to facilitate the delivery of essential cargo to the affected countries.

 The ET Cluster is providing Internet connec-tivity in 43 locations across the three affect-ed countries, ensuring reliable Internet ac-cess for 741 inter-agency and humanitarian staff.

WFP Publication
22 January 2015

Highlight — Staff protection in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

WFP is committed to the implementation and monitoring of its emergency response in a manner that is safe for its staff and beneficiaries alike. Since the beginning of operations, WFP has developed safe distributions measures jointly with WHO that were put in place with the support of health advi-sors. Preliminary results from Guinea show that these measures have greatly contributed to the confidence of af-fected people during food distributions.

The health advisor network has now been further strength-ened with two health advisors in each country, who are co-ordinated by one health advisor and a public health special-ist in WFP’s Regional Bureau in Dakar, Senegal.

Looking ahead, WFP will expand the health advisor network by recruiting national advisors.

WFP Publication
19 January 2015

Highlight — Medical evacuation training in Guéckédou, Guinea

WFP organized a MedEvac simulation exercise in Guéckédou in partnership with MSF Belgium, using a UNHAS Bell 205 helicopter equipped for the in-country movement of symp-tomatic humanitarian and aid workers. This is the second exercise conducted by WFP in Guinea, following the one organized in Macenta in partnership with ALIMA.

The purpose is to train staff of WFP, its partners and the helicopter crew on the Standard Operating Procedures re-quired to correctly perform to this specific kind of MedEvac. WFP will continue to organize similar trainings in the future with its partners to increase the preparedness of all the ac-tors involved in the humanitarian response and to ensure an efficient execution of the procedures in the event that a real MedEvac is needed. A second helicopter (Bell 412) for MedEvac of symptomatic aid workers will be based in Free-town, Sierra Leone, and is expected to arrive in the country next week.

WFP Publication
16 September 2014

WFP continues to scale-up its Ebola response through the provision of food, common services and logistical assistance alongside national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to support the treatment of Ebola patients and mitigate the risk of the virus moving into new areas. WFP’s response is targeting up to 1.3 million people in the most affected countries.

Academic Article, Non-WFP Publication
12 May 2014

In Vietnam, nutrition interventions do not target school children despite a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies. The present randomised, placebo-controlled study evaluated the impact of providing school children (n 403) with daily multiple micronutrient-fortified biscuits (FB) or a weekly Fe supplement (SUP) on anaemia and Fe deficiency. Micronutrient status was assessed by concentrations of Hb, and plasma ferritin (PF), transferrin receptor (TfR), Zn and retinol.