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WFP Bolivia Country Brief, December 2021

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In Numbers

USD 384,207 in cash-based transfers made

USD 2.1 m six-month (January–June 2022) net funding requirements, representing 35% of total

15,180 people assisted in DECEMBER 2021

Operational Updates

  • In December, COVID-19 cases increased from a weekly average of 1,088 at the beginning of the month to 7,980 at the end. The National Strategic Council for Health Emergencies declared a "national health emergency", as a preventive measure in response to the fourth wave throughout the country, mainly in Santa Cruz,
    Tarija, and Cochabamba.

  • As of December 31, 39 percent of the population had two doses of vaccine, 48 percent had only one dose, and 5 percent had the third dose. The Government has issued a decree indicating that, from January 2022, people will have to present an official vaccination card to enter public spaces.

  • Floods affected 9,000 families and more than 40,000 hectares of agricultural land. The regions that suffered the most are Santa Cruz,
    Cochabamba, and La Paz. Only in Santa Cruz, losses are estimated to be of USD 40 million.

  • The Project “Strengthening Resilience in the Chaco Region” continued assisting target communities by providing cash transfers to 1,280 families in December.

  • More than 80 people living with HIV (PLWH) of the city of Riberalta in the Beni department received assistance through food-for-training programme, nutritional classes, and training materials.

  • The infrastructure of the Complementary Food Plant in Caracollo - Oruro was concluded and the equipment installed. The official handing over of the plant to the Departmental Government of Oruro is due to happen in January 2022.

  • WFP concluded the cash distributions to 2,315 families affected by the drought in the Oruro department. Productive assets such as irrigation channels and traditional water wells were rehabilitated or built. In addition, beneficiaries were provided with 161 sets of tools (wheelbarrow, shovel, and picks), to facilitate and enhance the quality of their work.

  • With the support of two consultants, WFP started the design of its new country strategy.