Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2009

Germany gives 6 million Euro to WFP to improve nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers in Kenya

 

 


 

 

Germany gives 6 million Euro to WFP to improve nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers in Kenya

 

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Federal Republic of Germany through Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW – German Development Bank) have entered into a 6 million Euro agreement to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers in Kenya.

Through the grant, WFP  will distribute food rations to 65,000 women who from pregnancy to six weeks after birth are at risk of malnutrition in informal settlement areas in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kitui and Kisumu, . The food aims to improve, both as preventive and protective measures, the nutritional status of the beneficiaries.

“The international community stands by the most vulnerable people who are too often forgotten like pregnant women and young mothers. This contribution is one important cornerstone in the context of Kenyan-German development cooperation for which we yesterday signed agreements covering about 4.74 billion KES,” stressed German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner.

“WFP provides food assistance to 3.5 million people in Kenya because of drought and high food prices. WFP’s food assistance targets vulnerable members of the community and currently, we are providing monthly rations to 175,000 urban poor families who have a malnourished child in the family,”, said Burkard Oberle, WFP Kenya Country Director.  

“These additional funds will enable us to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers who are malnourished or particularly vulnerable to malnutrition,” he added.

The beneficiaries will be part of a wider joint venture between the Governments of Kenya and the Federal Republic of Germany — the Reproductive Health – Output Based Approach (RH-OBA) programme.

This programme began in 2006 and provides affordable quality health care services, especially targeted at economically disadvantaged women through buying vouchers at a subsidized cost of KES.100/- and KES 200/- to enable them get access to safe medical assistance in selected health clinics for safe motherhood and family planning services. The programme also provides free treament for survivors of gender-based violence.

The food assistance component will run for three years from July 2009, and will also support victims of gender-based violence and holders of Family Planning RH-OBA vouchers found to be either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

 

SOURCE 

World Food Program (WFP)


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