The Internally Displaced Persons and host communities of Borno State
will soon heave a sigh of relief, as United States, through the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday said it has
provided an additional $9.5 million to the UN’s World Food Program
(WFP) to ensure more than 175,000 mothers and children under five do
not suffer from malnutrition during this year’s “lean” season.
The USAID/Nigeria Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin in a statement
made available to journalists said the grant from USAID’s Health,
Population, and Nutrition Office, augments ongoing support for the
humanitarian assistance in Nigeria by its Office of Foreign Disaster
Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP), and seeks to bridge a
funding shortfall announced by WFP late last month.
“The grant will fund a blanket supplementary feeding program to
protect the nutrition status of children aged six months to five years
and lactating women in IDP and host communities of Borno State through
provision of specialized nutritious foods.
“In response to the call by WFP to meet a severe funding shortfall,
USAID is pleased to play a part in making sure that the most
vulnerable of those impacted by the Boko Haram conflict are taken care
of,” This support will go to nine areas where the needs of mothers and
their children are the greatest.”
According to Haykin, the assistance will help WFP reach an additional
110,000 children under five and 65,000 pregnant and nursing mothers
with specialized nutritious food commodities in nine local government
areas (LGA) in Borno State. ELANZANEWS.M