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WFP Thanks China For Its Support In The Fight Against Ebola Virus Disease In West Africa

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is especially thankful for the timely and generous assistance provided by the Chinese government, which has supported WFP’s food assistance as well as sending medical experts and equipment at this very difficult time, to halt the advance of Ebola Virus Disease.

In mid-October, China contributed US$6 million to WFP’s emergency operation to assist 1.3 million people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This substantial and timely contribution enabled WFP to purchase vital food supplies for emergency rations for more than 300,000 people as well as specialised nutrition products to help prevent malnutrition. Currently, WFP is stepping up the implementation so that the food can be delivered as quickly as possible.

The Ebola outbreak is reaching beyond borders. Responding to Ebola is a common challenge facing the entire world. The international community, including China at the forefront, has made progress in meeting the needs of the victims of this crisis. Since the outbreak, the Chinese government has provided assistance of nearly 750 million Yuan (US$123 million) in total to the overall humanitarian response the West African countries -- reflecting China’s longstanding commitment to the urgent humanitarian needs around the globe.

And we all agree that we have more work to do to scale up and to perform even faster. Speaking to journalists last month, WFP’s Representative in China Brett Rierson, called on enterprises and wealthy to join the fight against Ebola. WFP is working with enterprises to help raise further funds in China for the Ebola response.

“Enterprises and members of the public are concerned about the living conditions of children and families in Ebola-affected areas and they have told us that they are eager to support the work of WFP's assistance, which makes us very encouraged,” Rierson said.  “We need to unite all forces around the world to ensure that we have enough resources to help people in affected areas, in order to stop the spread of this deadly disease.”

WFP has a comprehensive and effective food procurement system in Ebola-influenced countries, with efficient logistics and distribution methods which can make sure that food can be delivered to people timely and swiftly.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Yiwen Zhang, WFP/Beijing, Tel.  +86 108 532 5228, Mob. +86 1360 116 9994
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634