Danish Funding Supports Vulnerable People In Horn Of Africa Drought And South Sudan
Danish Funding Supports Vulnerable People In Horn Of Africa Drought And South Sudan.
NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$10.7 million (75 million Danish Krone) contribution from the Government of Denmark to help roll back famine in South Sudan and to assist hungry people in Horn of Africa countries hit by drought.
“If the international community does not act now, the drought in East Africa and the Horn could very easily end up being one of those silent disasters that cost thousands of lives,” said Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs.
The contribution will assist people in South Sudan and support the drought response in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
In Ethiopia, the contribution will support supplementary feeding for children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing women to combat malnutrition.
In northwestern Kenya, Danish funding will help WFP respond to high malnutrition rates among the most vulnerable women and children under the age of five because of drought.
In 2016, Denmark was the 13th largest government donor to WFP and WFP’s fourth largest donor of flexible funds that allow WFP to respond fast and effectively to disasters, providing life-saving food assistance to millions of people, and to reach those who are left furthest behind.
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_africa @wfp_media For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org): Anne Poulsen, WFP/Copenhagen, Tel.
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+45 4050 3993 Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Tel.