Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WFP pledges food for sick

WFP pledges food for sick

WFP pledges food for sick

The World Food Programme (WFP) will maintain its feeding programs for Cambodian HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis patients after securing the necessary funds from the government and international donors.

Thomas Keusters, WFP country director for Cambodia, said the organization had received a pledge of 3,000 tons of rice from the government and cash donations from Spain, Sweden and Australia.

This will allow the WFP to keep the program for the sick running on a permanent basis, ensuring that 15,000 tuberculosis patients and 15,500 families afflicted by HIV/AIDS will continue to receive vital food support, he said.

However, the WFP’s school-feeding program, suspended by the cash-strapped aid group last month due to the spiraling cost of rice, will remain on hold until further notice.

“We made the decision, in late March, that we would suspend our major programs and would not take on any additional food-for-work projects,” said Keusters. “We just don’t have the necessary availability of rice. We’re desperately struggling to maintain the life-saving programs in HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis.”

Some children, however, may continue to receive food from the WFP.

“We will continue the take-home rations, and the children with food scholarships in grades four, five and six,” Keusters said, adding that some schools might also have food stocks left over from past WFP programs, which previously supplied 450,000 meals per day in Cambodian schools.


  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release