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WFP Pakistan Country Brief, August 2021

Situation Report
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In Numbers

1,328 mt of food distributed in August 2021

US$ 297,393 cash distributed in August 2021

US$ 37.1 m six months (Sep 2021 – Feb 2022) net funding requirements

218,343 people assisted in July 2021

Operational Updates

• A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan following the recent Taliban takeover in August. The unimpeded provision of assistance to beneficiaries inside Afghanistan relies on support from Pakistan to enable transit of humanitarian workers and cargo by road and air. To that end, WFP is facilitating humanitarian action from Pakistan by establishing an airbridge from Islamabad into Afghanistan with the support of the Government of Pakistan, strengthening the logistics capacity to support the transit of humanitarian goods and commodities through the Port of Karachi into Afghanistan, and providing administrative support for WFP staff transiting through Pakistan. WFP food convoys into Afghanistan are now operational in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas of both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. WFP has also made a contingency planning for the potential influx of 300,000 Afghan refugees into Pakistan but needs US$ 16.2 million in anticipated funding for operationalizing the plan.

• WFP in partnership with the Government continues its efforts to reduce stunting through the innovative nationwide Ehsaas Nashonuma programme. By the end of August, 50 facilitation centres (FCs) were functional across 15 districts in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, KP, Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad. Through these FCs, WFP has provided specialized nutritious food and health support to 27,176 pregnant and lactating women and 34,228 children under two years of age.

• WFP continues the implementation of the Stunting Prevention and Rehabilitation Integrated Nutrition Gain programme in KP (KP SPRING). In August, WFP provided 14,713 pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 with specialized nutritious foods and behavioural change communication under this programme.