Food aid: WFP, BISP to conduct survey to help IDPs

Published: June 27, 2014
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Internally displaced Pakistanis, fleeing a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal agency, wait in line outside a World Food Programme aid distribution centre in Bannu. PHOTO: AFP

Internally displaced Pakistanis, fleeing a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal agency, wait in line outside a World Food Programme aid distribution centre in Bannu. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) plans to conduct a Nutrition Assessment to gauge the nutritional status of women and children displaced by the military operation.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Lola Castro, Pakistan Country Director for WFP, said that the Department of Health has registered twenty facilities in areas with the largest number of IDPs. The training of the facility staff will begin next week.  “We are working closely with the national and provincial authorities and civil society to provide food to all displaced people in the shortest possible time,” Castro said.

Moreover, the Benazir Income Support Programme will conduct the Poverty Scorecard Survey.  The survey will determine beneficiaries who will be eligible for all BISP benefits.

Meanwhile, the government has announced an additional contribution of 25,000 metric tons of wheat to WFP to provide food rations to the IDPs. After this contribution, WFP can continue providing relief until early September.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2014.

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  • Jun 27, 2014 - 8:43PM

    It is estimated that over half a million people have left their homes in FATA and South Waziristan; the consequences of military operations against the terrorists. In scorching summer and the month of fasting, Ramadan approaching it will be harder on families, who have left their homes to get away from war, make ends meet. We are sure the announcement of an additional 8 million dollars towards food for the IDPs is a welcome gesture from the people of the United States. The contribution, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of the ongoing efforts of the U.S. government and the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) under the Twinning Program. The Twinning Program is a partnership between the Government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international donor community through which wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan is transformed into fortified wheat flour and distributed in the most vulnerable communities. Donor funds are used to cover the costs of milling, fortification, storage, transport, and distribution of the wheat flour. This new commitment by the U.S. government will enable WFP to transform approximately 38,000 metric tons of wheat into fortified wheat flour, providing more nutritional food for the IDPs over a two-month period.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command

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  • ABDULLAH
    Jul 13, 2014 - 8:57AM

    Main goth mir hassan say hon aur main baut gherab hon.

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