CERF allocates $427,000 to DPRK in response to acute malnutrition
30 December 2011: The Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated US$427,131 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the management of severe acute malnutrition in 25 vulnerable counties in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK).
CERF funds will be used to cover the supply needs for 3 months (January to March) for the management of acute malnutrition for severely acute malnourished children and other essential medicines. The rapid response grant will complement the funding already secured for DPRK through the CERF underfunded window in 2012 and ensure that UNICEF will be able to cover cases of acute malnutrition at the onset of 2012.
A food and nutrition assessment carried out by United Nations agencies in 2011 showed that 6,100,000 vulnerable people, including pregnant and lactating women, children under five years and children living in institutions, were particularly vulnerable to the foreseen interruption of food supply by the Public Distribution System, thus substantially increasing their risk of malnutrition and other diseases, particularly in food deficit counties.
In the coming months, it is expected that vulnerable children in the most food insecure Provinces will be at high risk of acute malnutrition and that moderate acute malnourished children might become severely malnourished if nutritional requirements are not immediately addressed.
CERF allocates almost $10 million for Rapid Response in DPRK
23 May 2011: CERF allocated nearly $10 million for approximately nine million people in need emergency assistance in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). As a result of a particularly harsh winter, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is facing major food shortages.
The food crisis in DPRK constitutes one of the world’s most chronically underfunded humanitarian emergencies and as a result, the recent UN-led Rapid Food Security Assessment recommended that food assistance to the country be scaled up.
In response, CERF has allocated nearly $10 million to DPRK for life-saving projects in the food, agriculture, nutrition and health sectors. The World Food Programme (WFP) received over $7 million for emergency food assistance to vulnerable groups in DPRK. In order to respond to the current malnutrition crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received over $1 million.
UNICEF will assist children and mothers. Nearly $900,000 has been allocated to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the launch of an emergency vaccination campaign against foot-and-mouth disease. FAO has additionally received $400,000 for food security and nutrition programs aimed at vulnerable farming families during their main planting season. Finally, nearly $400,000 has been allocated to the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enhance maternal and child nutrition services.