WFP Pakistan Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

1,857 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 350,000 cash based transfers made

US$16.06 m six months (Oct 2018 - Mar 2019) net funding requirements

237,000 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • In order to combat the high rates of malnutrition in the region, the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) surge pilot project is operational in District Umerkot, Sindh. The project is being implemented in collaboration with Concern Worldwide and other stakeholders under the umbrella of Department of Health, Sindh. The aim of the CMAM Surge Approach is to make national and sub-national health systems more resilient, enabling them to cope better with periodic peaks in demand for nutrition support services (for managing acute malnutrition). The specific objective of the approach is to fortify health systems to better anticipate, prepare for and deliver services for the treatment of acute malnutrition during those periods of high demand.

  • WFP is implementing School Safety activities under the DFID-funded Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan (BDRP) project. Activities commenced after signing a letter of Agreement with the Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SELD) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh. The first round of trainings took place in District Ghotki, Sindh, where 2,300 students and 150 teachers were educated on fundamental disaster preparedness and response activities in schools. In addition, 24 master trainers and 37 Government officials were also trained. Ten kits containing school safety equipment, first aid items and search and rescue items were distributed. Preparations are nearly complete to initiate School Safety activities in Punjab province.

  • During 2018, relief food assistance and livelihood support activities in Khyber Pakhtinkhwa and former Federal Administered Tribal Areas faced significant operational delays due to access constraints. As of the end of September, all selected partners obtained clearance from the Government for operating in their respective areas. Field level agreements have also been finalized. All project activities are set to proceed/continue as per their operational plans.

  • Operational Research, which began in January 2017, is ongoing in district Rahim Yar Khan (Punjab province).
    It will determine the effectiveness and costeffectiveness of combinations of unconditional cash transfers, Social Behavioural Change Communication and the provision of specialized nutritious foods for the prevention of stunting among 6-23 months old children. The study is being implemented in partnership with relevant Government programmes.
    A recent process evaluation showed that the proper usage of Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF) has increased from an average 75 percent in March 2018 to 78 percent. Furthermore, it confirmed that more than 95 percent of the Pregnant and lactating women are receiving at least one monthly nutritional counselling session in their households. Monthly follow-ups are expected to continue until July 2019.

  • Upon request of the Government, the UN and other partners are carrying out a drought assessment in eight districts of Sindh province. This will be conducted under the umbrella of the National Disaster Consortium and be led by the IOM. WFP and FAO are important contributors to this activity due to their well-established field presence in the targeted districts.

  • Pakistan SOLVE country team continued its engagement with various family planning stakeholders in the country. During September, meetings were conducted in the Population Council’s Office and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In addition, a meeting was also conducted with the Pakistan Standards Institute (PSI) to discuss the “Total Market Development Assessment (MDA)” Conducted by PSI in three provinces of Pakistan.