CERF allocated $3 million for approximately 34,000 beneficiaries in need of emergency assistance in the Islamic Republic of Iran
2 March 2011: In response to humanitarian needs, through CERF’s under-funded window, $3 million has been allocated to provide food assistance, education and life-saving medical assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The World Food Programme (WFP)
will use approximately $1.5 million for emergency food assistance and educational support for Afghan and Iraqi refugees. In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
and the Bureau for Alien and Foreign Immigrants of the Ministry of Interior (BAFIA), basic food needs will be provided for 34,000 refugees in 18 settlements targeting the most vulnerable groups throughout the country. WFP and BAFIA will also distribute monthly food rations consisting of wheat flour/bread rice, pulses, sugar and oil. As part of the recovery portion of the project, WFP will provide food rations to families of girls who regularly attend school. The food rations will serve as incentives to increase girls’ school attendance and are part of a broader effort to alleviate female literacy and the 30 percent gender gap in education.
Because of limited health care coverage and severe socioeconomic hardships, refugees are unable to pay for the medical treatment of major diseases (such as haemophilia, thalassemia, and kidney failure). Several illnesses are left untreated and eventually become life-threatening. $1.5 million was disbursed to UNHCR for life-saving medical assistance, including women and children under the age of 5.