Aug 08, Colombo: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has granted Sri Lanka US$ 23 million in assistance to address the malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating mothers to improve their health.
The World Food Programme has agreed to extend the food aid assistance through the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) program under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2013 – 2017).
A Letter of Understanding for the grant was signed by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P. B. Jayasundera and Representative on behalf of the World food Programme Ismail Omer on August 05 at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
Under the Mahinda Chintana Future Vision policy framework the Sri Lankan government in collaboration with the WFP has taken effective measures to improve the health status of children and lactating and pregnant mothers by recognizing the importance of the balanced growth of a child through.
The PRRO programme aims to strengthen national capacities to address acute malnutrition among children aged from 6 to 59 months and pregnant, lactating women while improving their food security. It will also provide assistance in emergency situations such as drought and flood.
The total cost of the PRRO programme is US $ 34,799,036. Out of which US $ 23,482,866 will be the direct WFP grant assistance.
An estimated 435,000 people are expected to benefit from the PRRO programme.
The programme will be executed by the Ministry of Economic Development and implemented through the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education Services, Ministry of Co-operative and Internal Trade, relevant Ministries of the Northern Provincial Council and the respective District Secretariats.