FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Japan’s donation of US$6 million to support WFP’s response in Eb0la-affected Sierra Leone, including support to some 3,000 Ebola survivors across the country.
“As we fight to get to zero Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Japan’s generous assistance will enable WFP to keep supporting people who have beaten Ebola and now need help to get back on their feet. Japan’s contribution will enable mobile phone cash support for survivors and their families, and it will go a long way in helping survivors make a full recovery,” said WFP Sierra Leone Country Director, Gon Myers.
As part of its Ebola response, WFP ensures that survivors’ food and nutritional needs are met as they return home to their communities and pick up their jobs and lives. Survivors receive a one-month package of rice, beans, oil, and a nutritious corn-soya blend. WFP is also implementing a mobile cash transfer programme to provide two additional months of support to survivors, to allow them to purchase their own foods in local markets. This gives survivors more choice over the food they eat while boosting local markets, some of which were closed for months due to the Ebola outbreak and movement restrictions.
The mobile cash assistance will take place in all districts in coordination with WFP’s partners, Caritas-Makeni and Welthungerhilfe. The partners have registered the contact details of beneficiaries and have provided them with a SIM card for the mobile money transfer. A local financial institution will be engaged to complete the secure and timely transfer of cash to the survivors across the country. The programme also gives flexibility to recipients to decide how much to cash-out and what to purchase.
“The Government of Japan has enabled us to maximise our use of resources and to adopt innovative ways to help vulnerable people who have gone through and are still going through difficult times,” said Myers.
Since April 2014, WFP has distributed food to 3 million people affected by Ebola.
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