The executive board of the World Food Programme (WFP), during its annual session for 2007 held in Italy from 4-8 June, unanimously adopted and approved the draft of the new WFP Country Programme (CP) for Sierra Leone ( 2008- 2010).
The new CP has committed to allocate food resources and its associated handling and supervision costs to the sum of 11million United States Dollars over the duration of the CP.
The country director for WFP, Housainou Taal, said the programme areas to be covered were education and health and also providing nutritional support for at-risk people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs).
He added that under the education component of the new CP, WFP would provide enough resources to cover daily school meals for 100,000 primary school children in the districts of Koinadugu, Port Loko, Kambia, Tonkolili and Kailahun.
The country director pointed out that in a scheme designed to promote girls education in these districts, a total of 5,000 girls in the higher grades in primary school would also receive monthly rations whenever they attend school throughout the month.
“The health and nutrition component of the CP will support the implementation of the supplementary feeding programmes to some 56,000 severely and moderately malnourished children and their mothers in the above districts of the country,” he maintained.
He stressed that the CP would also provide monthly nutritional support to 500 food insecure people living with HIV and AIDS.