Responding to Emergencies
11 February 2009
As a result of the resources available in the country, WFP will halve the cereal ration from 10 kg to 5 kg – a necessary measure in order to reach the actual vulnerable group feeding (VGF) caseload. The ration will be maintained at 10 kg in 10 of the most vulnerable districts – out of the 37 districts where WFP is implementing its VGF.
Under the cholera response, WFP in collaboration with MSF-Luxembourg provided onsite feeding to more than 19,600 people (patients, staff and caregivers) at 22 health centres in the provinces of Mashvingo and Manicaland. WFP is establishing four new partnerships (GOAL, CONCERN, Christian Care and Plan-International) that will operate in another seven districts in Manicaland, Gokwe North and South, Mashonaland West and Mutare provinces.
Furthermore, using WFP’s VGF distribution networks, partners distributed 2,500 items of information and communication material from UNICEF at its final distribution points. Partners are also distributing soap, aqua tablets and/or hygiene kits during WFP food distributions (namely CONCERN in Gokwe North/South and the British Red Cross in Gweru). Additionally, WFP, as the lead in the UNCT-requested Logistics Cluster, is providing transportation and warehousing services to assist with the delivery of emergency medicines and items for humanitarian partners.