“Families affected by the disaster were already suffering the effects of the pandemic with job losses and rising food prices making it difficult for them to afford a basic meal and eating a balanced diet while recovering from multiple crises,” said Yasuhiro Tsumura , WFP representative and country director in Gambia.
Aid will give priority to households assessed by the National Disaster Management Agency, the Gambia Red Cross Society and the WFP, and will be provided jointly by the three agencies. Households affected by food and shelter loss, internally displaced persons and households with malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with disabilities and households run by women or the elderly were assessed.
The aid comes at a time when the country is seeing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. The pandemic has worsened food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable. The WFP, in partnership with the Gambian government, is trying to protect livelihoods and provide vulnerable households with a safety net that allows them to recover more quickly from the effects of the pandemic. All WFP assistance is provided only as needed, with no distinctions made according to gender, religion or political affiliation.
Distributed by the APO group on behalf of the World Food Program (WFP).