Sao Tome and Principe

WFP Sao Tome and Principe Country Brief, September 2020

Format
Situation Report
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Originally published

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In Numbers

USD 0.14 m six months (October 2020 – March 2021) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• WFP interim Officer-in-Charge attended the official ceremony for the reopening of the school year on 1 September. The ceremony marked the end of the confinement for more than 50,000 children who were deprived of school meals since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Within the scope of the contribution of the United Nations in Sao Tome and Principe to operationalize community radios in the context of prevention and control of COVID19, WFP signed a contract on 23 September with two local companies to provide materials and technical assistance to community radios in the south of the island.

• On 24 September WFP STP donated 800 uniforms and face masks to school canteen cooks and hygiene materials to 108 schools in the country and to the National School Feeding and Health Programme (PNASE). Through this donation, WFP aimed at minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the schools and protecting PNASE staff and canteen cooks at the time of the reopening of the new school year.

• WFP continued providing logistics support to the Government of Sao Tome through the humanitarian air hub. The Government received a batch of 749,200 face masks donated by the Jack Ma Foundation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

• A total of 911 cases of COVID-19 was confirmed in the country for the month of September. However, no deaths were reported by WHO and the Ministry of Health. The state of calamity declared by the President of the Republic at the end of the month of June remains in place.
Partnerships • The PNASE, the National Council for Food Security and Nutrition (CONSAN) and the National Centre for Supporting Smallholder Farmers (CADR) remain WFP STP’s main partners.

• WFP is also partnering with UNICEF for the reopening of the schools, local and International NGOs, namely HELPO and ADAPPA for the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Project and the African Development Bank for the database and information management system for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Challenges

• Funds availability remains the main challenge for WFP STP.
The CSP country capacity strengthening activities focused on implementing an innovative home-grown school feeding programme linked to smallholder farmers market (better to define these, even though described below) remain underfunded.