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WFP Turkey Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

1.54 m people assisted in September
US$ 25.8 m distributed in multi-purpose cash in September
US$ 1.31 m distributed through value vouchers in September
US$ 8.8 m six months (October 2018 – March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 1% of total requirements

Operational Update

• WFP, in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC/Kızılay) and the Turkish Government, with funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Operations (ECHO), continued to deliver aid through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), the world’s largest humanitarian multi-purpose cash programme.

• In September, the ESSN assisted 1,427,503 million vulnerable refugees across Turkey, providing each person with 120 Turkish Liras (USD 20) to help cover their essential needs. So far, 2.7 million refugees have submitted applications, of which 54 percent met the eligibility criteria.

• On 30 September, the monthly “severe disability top- up” payment of 600 Turkish Liras (USD 100 per person) was made to 4,289 ESSN beneficiaries. The ESSN programme shared information with affected populations via the official webpage, Facebook page, call centre and SMS about the top-up and Disability Health Reports (DHR), reminding them to renew their DHR starting from three months before the expiry date.

• WFP continues its support to 119,330 refugees in camps across the southeast of Turkey, with a monthly e-voucher worth 50 Turkish lira (USD 8.3) provided to each person to buy food in participating shops. The Turkish government provides an additional 50 TL on a separate card for food and non-food items. The number of camp residents decreased in September 2018, mainly due to the closure of some camps, which has resulted in many camp residents resettling in nearby cities.