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EU donates millions to WFP to help treat malnutrition in Sudan

May 26 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Displaced of Naivasha camp, North Darfur, unload bags of sorghum from a WFP lorry, February 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Displaced of Naivasha camp, North Darfur, unload bags of sorghum from a WFP lorry, February 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday welcomed a contribution of $9.7 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to its emergency operations in Sudan.

WFP will use the contribution to provide life-saving food assistance to more than 152,000 displaced people in West and South Darfur for two months, as well as to more than 193,000 newly displaced people across Darfur for four months. 

The contribution will also be used to buy Super Cereal Plus (a nutritious porridge) for the treatment of malnutrition in about 58,000 children aged under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the Darfur region and in the states of Kassala and Red Sea.

The EU provides €22.9 million (nearly $25.2 million) to WFP Sudan in support of emergency operations from 2014 to 2015. Since 2012, ECHO has contributed more than €67 million  (nearly $73.6 million) towards WFP’s emergency operations.

"This latest contribution will help us reach vulnerable groups in the country through both life-saving and nutritional asistance, especially during the lean season when food stocks are depleted and children and mothers in need could easily slide into malnutrition," said WFP Sudan Country Director Adnan Khan.


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