Philippines: Children In Typhoon-Hit Areas Get Nutritional Support

Children are among the most at-risk of malnutrition during an emergency. After the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the central region of the Philippines, WFP is providing nutrition support to affected children to prevent acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.  

TACLOBAN – For 26-year-old Charlotte Loste and her family, home has been a tiny corner at the Department of Education building in Tacloban City.  Her family and neighbours from Barangay 54 in Tacloban City were evacuated to this building two days before Super Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City and other areas in the Visayas.  

“We are all very thankful we survived the typhoon.  We are also grateful for the food that we have been receiving from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Food Programme (WFP),” said Charlotte.
In addition to an emergency family food ration, Charlotte’s young children receive nutritious foods such as High Energy Biscuits and Plumpy'Doz, a peanut paste fortified with vitamins and minerals.  
Prevent malnutrition
“In times of emergencies, children are the first to become vulnerable and can easily slide into malnutrition if they do not get enough food and nutrients.  We prevent that by giving them ready-to-use fortified foods like Plumpy'Doz and High Energy Biscuits,” said Masanobu Horie, Head of Programme of the agency’s Typhoon Haiyan response.  Nutrition support to help prevent acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among children is a core component of WFP’s response to Typhoon Haiyan.
Tacloban is one of 42 Typhoon Haiyan-affected  municipalities where WFP is supporting Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme.  More than 3800 children in Tacloban city have benefitted from it.  In addition to the DSWD, WFP also works with Provincial and Municipal Health and Nutrition Offices and non-governmental organizations such as ACTED, International Medical Corps, Médecins Sans Frontières, Plan International, Samaritan’s Purse and Save the Children to implement the programme throughout the typhoon-affected regions of Philippines.   
With these food products from WFP, Charlotte worries less about her children’s nutrition and can focus on helping her husband find a way to move out of the evacuation centre.  “I am now thinking of how we can live in our own house again.  My husband is a carpenter but he’s busy repairing other people’s houses.  We hope we will get help soon to move out of this evacuation centre and live in a house again,” she said.