The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will implement Component 3: Maternal and Child Benefit Program (MCBP) under Health Emergency Response Project Additional Financing. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to increase the utilization and quality of essential health services in Afghanistan. The MCBP which will complement the provision of health and nutrition services under sub-components 1.1 and 1.2 to contribute toward improved nutritional status of pregnant and breastfeeding women (PBW) and children under two years of age (the target population) in selected districts. The MCBP will provide immediate relief and build the resilience of beneficiary women and their children against climate-related shocks. The combination of income support and SBCC will help women to buy more and better food, increase women and children utilization of health and nutrition services and improve their related behaviors to enhance their nutrition and health status, thus making them more resilient to withstand the adverse impact of these shocks.
This Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) set out material measures and actions that the WFP shall carry out or cause to be carried out, including, as applicable, the timeframes of the actions and measures, institutional, staffing, training, monitoring, and reporting arrangements, and grievance management. The ESCP also sets out the environmental and social (E&S) instruments that shall be adopted and implemented under Component 3 of the Project. As agreed by the World Bank and WFP, this ESCP will be revised from time to time if necessary, during Project implementation, to reflect adaptive management of Project changes and unforeseen circumstances or in response to Project performance. In such circumstances, WFP and the World Bank agree to update the ESCP to reflect these changes through an exchange of letters signed between the World Bank and WFP, and the parties shall promptly disclose the updated ESCP.