WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, June 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

US$ 2.38 million six-month (July – Decemeber 2020) net funding requirements

282.5 mt of food distributed

38,199 people assisted

Operational Updates

• In partnership with Word Vision, WFP provided food to returning migrant workers in the largest quarantine center in Savannakhet province. In total, 9,870 meals were provided to 1,007 returning migrants. This food assistance supports those affected by the Government’s quarantine measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

• Throughout the month of June, WFP facilitated weekly humanitarian flights to Laos from Kuala Lumpur via Yangon, bringing essential equipment, regular health supplies and humanitarian aid workers into the country for the COVID-19 response. In addition, WFP facilitated the transport of one million doses of measles and rubella vaccines, 39,400 doses of flu vaccines and 230,000 doses of Japanese encephalitis vaccines to Laos, procured by UNICEF.

• WFP has started the construction of ground water supply systems in 10 villages in Sanamxay district as part of a project providing relief for food insecure populations in Attapeu and Khammouane Provinces. The activity will strengthen livelihood opportunities for residents and make them more resilient to climate change. The project is supported by the Government of France.

• WFP’s Logistics Cluster held a warehouse management training of trainers for staff from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. The training will strengthen the Government’s capacity in responding to emergencies quickly and effectively.
The trained staff will in turn share their newly acquired knowledge with ministry staff on the provincial and local levels.

• WFP held a consultation meeting with the Ministry of Education and Sports on 23 June, sharing the draft proposal for the new cycle of school feeding, to be submitted to the US Department of Agriculture McGovern-Dole Program. The Ministry agreed with the concept and its plans to implement school feeding in four northern provinces with echnical and logistical support from WFP.

• WFP held a capacity strengthening workshop on community mobilization for all District Community Facilitators in the southern provinces. The training gave field staff tools to engage with communities in an empowering way

• WFP started post distribution monitoring for take home ration distribution completed in June. In total, WFP distributed 574 mt of rice, 292 mt of lentils and 58 mt of fortified cooking oil from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as 18 mt of canned fish from the Government of Japan, to 88,703 students from 925 schools in 8 provinces, to help soften the socio-economic impacts of COVID19 on families.