WFP Myanmar Country Brief, September 2018

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In Numbers

589,989 people assisted in September 2018

US$ 682,596 cash-based transfers made

US$ 25.39 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements

4,183 mt of food assistance distributed

Operational Updates

  • Rakhine: In Maungdaw District, WFP assisted over 93,500 conflict-affected people, including 3,000 pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls and 14,600 children under the age of five, from 202 Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu villages of Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships. In central Rakhine, WFP reached a total of 116,000 people with emergency relief food assistance.

  • Kachin: Around 98,000 people remain displaced in Kachin State across 139 camps or camp-like settings as a result of intensified armed conflict since 2011.
    WFP continued to coordinate new food and livelihood needs for resettled IDPs through its role as the cochair of the Kachin Food Security Sector. WFP assisted a total of 88,600 beneficiaries in Kachin, of whom 47,000 received emergency relief assistance.

  • Shan: Approximately 2,500 villagers from conflictaffected areas were displaced temporarily due to armed conflict in northern Shan State. WFP’s emergency relief distributions continued to support 7,100 beneficiaries from 20 IDP camps in Shan State, as well as 8,200 people from conflict-affected villages in the northernmost part KoKang Self-Administered Zone. Over 55,000 people were assisted through all activities.

  • Funding: WFP secured additional funding for emergency relief, community asset creation and nutrition assistance in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states.

  • WFP Programme staff to be based in Nay Pyi Taw: For the purpose of deepening cooperation with counterpart government departments, WFP’s Programme team has begun to relocate to the UN compound in Nay Pyi Taw since June. With over 30 staff members expected to complete the move, WFP will run operations from Myanmar’s capital under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director. Business support units, such as administration and finance, supply chain and partnership, reports and communications, will remain in the Yangon office.