WFP Nepal Country Brief, May 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

4.6 million food-insecure people

1.4 million malnourished pregnant and lactating women

US$ 3.67 million, six-month (June-Nov 2020) net funding requirements

31,747 people reached in May 2020

Situational Updates

• As of 31 May, Nepal had 1,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Due to the sharp increase in cases, the Government of Nepal extended the on-going lockdown till 14 June. All domestic and international flights are also grounded till 30 June.

• Since the nation-wide lockdown began on 24 March, WFP has suspended all physical presence at its country office, maintaining continuity through remote working. WFP continues to work with the Government and other development partners to reprioritize and modify programmes to ensure that those most affected by COVID-19 are reached.

Operational Updates

• Under the mother and child health and nutrition (MCHN) programme, WFP has resumed its distribution of fortified nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and children aged 6–23 months.
This programme is currently operating in 117 health facilities, with the 11 remaining facilities scheduled to begin soon.

• After receiving approval from local governments, WFP resumed its suspended climate change activities in three districts – Jumla, Mugu and Kalikot. All health and safety protocols have been adhered to in all work sites to minimise COVID-19 infections.
These food assistance for asset activities will provide immediate employment to 3,000 vulnerable households, many of which have had their vulnerability exacerbated by the on-going pandemic.

• Given the current context, capacity strengthening and community sensitization activities under Strategic Outcome 3 have been suspended, with resources repurposed to implement short-term vocational trainings targeting unemployed youth and returnee migrants. Nepal is currently seeing an influx of migrants returning from neighbouring India.

• Through the National Logistics Cluster, WFP has been providing free transport and storage services to its users, transporting a total of 26.1 mt of medical supplies for the Government and other humanitarian agencies during the month.

• While schools remain closed due to the nation-wide lockdown, WFP is collaborating with Government on plans to deliver a nutritious take-home food basket to students and their families. These will be delivered either during the current school closure imposed, or after closures as an incentive to bring students back to school, or both.