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Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008.
Eight weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, WFP is now using a three-pronged approach to target food assistance precisely at the most vulnerable victims of the disaster. School meals, nutritious food products and targeted distributions are the keys to this strategy.
ROME -- Eight weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, WFP is now using a three-pronged approach to target food assistance very precisely at the most vulnerable victims of the earthquake.
Current operations, which aim to lay the nutritional foundations for Haiti’s future, revolve around school meals programmes, a nutrition drive and carefully targeted distributions of full food baskets.
1. School meals
We have started providing daily cooked meals for school aged children (5 to 16) in the greater Port-au-Prince area, aiming to initially reach 72,000 children in 148 schools. This will provide a crucial nutritional input for a vulnerable part of the population and, by keeping kids in school, will help create a sense of normality.
2. Nutrition drive
WFP is distributing highly nutritious supplementary foods such as supplementary plumpy, a fortified peanut-based paste, to women and children living in camps in the greater Port-au-Prince area. The nutrition drive targets 53,000 children under five and 16,000 pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. The programme will soon be extended outside the capital.
3. Full food baskets
Working with government authorities and NGOs, we are preparing to begin giving a full food basket including rice, beans, CSB, oil and salt to vulnerable families. This action is due to begin in the second week of March and will target some 300,000 families (estimated 1.5 million beneficiaries).
By focusing on assistance for children and mothers, WFP is working to build the nutritional foundations for Haiti’s future. We are helping to give Haitians the strength and resilience they need to make a better future for themselves.
Learn more about our operations in Haiti.
(Photo: Fama Diouf)