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WFP brings critical food relief after Ebola outbreak

Following the re-emergence of Ebola cases in Liberia, the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners have distributed food for over 870 people at the epicentre of the outbreak in Margibi county and neighbouring Monsterrado county.

WFP mobilized quickly to deliver 46 metric tons of food – rice, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and a nutritious corn soya blend – enough to meet families’ food needs for one month. The food will help to contain any possible spread of the Ebola virus by ensuring that people do not have to leave their homes to find food.

WFP is coordinating with Government of Liberia’s Incident Management System and related partners to plan and respond to this situation.

“The families who have been affected by the recent outbreak have been asked to restrict their movement and may not have access to their regular sources of food,” said Mr James Dorbor Jallah of the Liberia Incident Management System. “While the Ministry of Health and partners are working to contain the virus, WFP’s food assistance is crucial for affected families until this problem is resolved.”

Since August 2014, WFP and its partners have provided food assistance to more than 670,000 people across Liberia who were affected by Ebola, including patients, quarantined families, survivors, Ebola orphans and people in areas of widespread and intense transmission.

WFP’s food assistance has proven key to help contain the virus. According to WFP monitoring, 97 percent of surveyed communities reported decreased movement during critical times of transmission, thanks to WFP support.

Beyond providing food, WFP has been the logistics backbone of the Ebola response, building logistics bases, Ebola treatment units, coordinating flights across the Ebola-affected countries and helping partners get their humanitarian staff and life-saving cargo to the affected areas.

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“Responding to the Ebola crisis and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable during such times is a priority of WFP’s mission in Liberia,” said WFP Representative in Liberia, Sory Ouane.

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