WFP Aims to Raise $103M for Program in Malawi to Help People Affected by HIV/AIDS, Natural Disasters, Officials Say
October 31, 2007
The World Food Programme over the next three years hopes to raise $103 million for a relief program in Malawi aimed at people affected by HIV/AIDS and natural disasters, WFP officials said on Monday, Reuters Africa reports. According to Mathews Nyirenda, WFP information officer, WFP earlier this month approved the relief program, which is scheduled to run from January 2008 to December 2010. "With this approval, WFP can now start raising $103 million to source about 215,000 metric tons of maize to feed an estimated 1.2 million people for three years," Nyirenda said (Reuters Africa, 10/30).
"This program will help significantly in reducing the hunger of vulnerable groups and, just as importantly, strengthen the communities' ability to cope with the added stresses associated with natural disasters and HIV/AIDS," Dom Scalpelli, WFP country director in Malawi, said. According to Reuters Africa, the effort to raise funds faces a funding shortfall of $18 million from January 2008 to June 2008 (Reuters Africa, 10/30).
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