WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Brief, August 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

11,077 people assisted in August 2020

271 mt of food assistance distributed

US$0 cash-based transfers made

Operational Updates

• In August, the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic has developed the fourth clinical protocol for the treatment of COVID-19. After the July peak went down, the capital Bishkek has removed some of the restrictions and public transport was allowed on weekends. Meanwhile, the Government tightened control and oversight over holding mass celebrations, i.e. weddings, funerals, etc.

• WFP Kyrgyzstan School Feeding Programme has developed a contingency plan to ensure that the Programme will be flexible to respond to the several scenarios of how schools will function in the first half-year of the academic year 2020-2021. This plan includes a School Meals at Home campaign with the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) and the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI). There will also be awareness raising and social behaviour change materials related to child health and nutrition. The parents and children will receive weekly information materials on nutrition, tips for healthy but easily accessible cooking, recipes and menu examples.

• Due to COVID-19 and distant modality of schooling in the first quarter of the upcoming school year, except for the first graders, WFP, in cooperation with the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI), has been adjusting programme activities to online modality. The training for cooks was implemented online, which allowed the cooks to follow the sessions via YouTube from their homes, due to safety considerations. They also had a chance to discuss and ask questions in interactive WhatsApp sessions with the trainer.

• WFP continued to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to all WFP staff members for usage while present in the office premises. Security guards and those working in WFP warehouses also received PPE and infrared thermometers from WFP.

• WFP and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) launched the second stage of the joint project "Information Analysis and Management System for the Crisis Management Centre” to strengthen the capacity of the Government in disaster risk management.

• The Food Security Monitoring Bulletin (at province level) is issued on bi-weekly basis to inform national stakeholders and partners on food security management.