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article imageA Success Story From World Food Programme

By KJ Mullins     Oct 6, 2009 in Food
The media may report on the dire situations of world hunger, but the story of the World Food Programme is a success. Find out how one little girl was saved from malnutrition.
The World Food Programme is a program of the United Nations. It's goal is to save the lives of those suffering because of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. The food provided is a bridge for communities to rebuild themselves.
The program began in 1962. This year's goal is to reach over a 100 million people in the 74 countries that they serve.
WFP employs about 10,000 people with 90 percent in the field working to bring food to those in need and monitoring those supplies.
The base of the operation is in Rome, Italy. The programme is run with voluntary contributions. While governments provide much of the funding businesses and individuals also donate to the mission.
The global mission stretches from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to Latin America and Asia Pacific.
The WFP gets food to those in need by any way they can, that includes building roads when there are none.
The average ration for those in need include cereals, beans, peas, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, High Energy biscuits and bread.
Sadly a new record came this year, 1.02 billion people are now hungry every single day. That number is up about 100 million people in just a year.
Hunger kills. Being underweight is one of the top ten health risks. More people die because they don't have enough to eat than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
14,000 children will be pronounced dead today because there wasn't enough food to feed them.
The WFP works to stop hunger. In some war torn nations this goal is difficult. This year alone more than 10 employees of WFP have been killed in the line of duty.
Global Food Aid, a sub-programme of the WFP totaled more than 6.3 million tonnes in 2008.
Putting that figure into perspective one metric ton of food will feed about 1,800 people in one day. One metric ton of high energy biscuits will provide nutrition for about 2,100 people a day.
One of these success stories is that of Senegal's Coumba Ba. Her baby girl was weak. Diarrhea and malnutrition had taken their toll on the child. She had become so weak that her basic job, playing was no longer an option. Her mother had no money and food was scarce.
At her wits end Coumba Ba took her child to a health center in Lougre Thioly. That move saved her daughter's life. The WFP supplementary feeding programme was in place in the village, providing specially fortified food for the area's starving families.
WFP.Org reports:
"My little girl changed so much since I received the first food ration earlier this year," Coumba says. "She is finally becoming lively again."
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