WFP Cuba Country Brief, November 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

  • USD 5.7 m total requirements

  • 58.00 mt of food assistance distributed

  • 106,650 people assisted (October 2020)

Operational Updates

  • WFP distributed micronutrient powder (MNP) to children between 6 and 11 months old, and Super Cereal Corn Soya Blend (CSB) to children aged 12-23 months as well as to pregnant and lactating women and girls (PLWG) in selected municipalities of the Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Guantanamo provinces. WFP also distributed Super Cereal to elderly people and other vulnerable populations through the community canteens in 22 selected municipalities from the five eastern provinces (Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas).
    COVID-19 response

  • Government authorities reopened the Havana Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí) while establishing epidemiological surveillance measures, of travellers to avoid the further spread of the pandemic. Despite the efforts made by the authorities; travellers represented 27 percent of Covid-19 confirmed cases in November.
    As of November, national authorities reported a total of 8,381 confirmed cases, 7,658 recovered patients and 136 deaths, reaching the second highest number of cases in a month since March 2020. The most affected provinces were Pinar del Río, La Habana, Ciego de Avila, Santiago de Cuba and Sancti Spiritus accounting for 77.8 percent of diagnosed cases.

As part of the UN socio-economic response plan to COVID-19, WFP continued the distribution beans, rice and vegetable oil in the five eastern provinces (mentioned above) through the community canteens.

  • WFP is also supporting the local food systems, social protection programmes, school feeding activities, nutrition interventions and logistics operations jointly with FAO, IFAD, UNDP, UNICEF and other partners. Joint resource mobilization efforts are ongoing, supported by the Resident Coordinator and the Government.