Syria, Middle East: The Response to COVID-19

Global Development Group have partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria for over 5 years. This work has included providing emergency food supplies those affected by the war in Syria. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of food insecure people increased from 6.5 million to 7.9 million, and food prices spiked by 60 per cent.

Within Syria, every month, WFP uses over 4,600 trucks to deliver emergency food assistance to 900 distribution points in all 14 governorates.

In, Deir Hafer, Aleppo Governorate, WFP is working with partner organization the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to distribute food to the most vulnerable people and to ensure that families are aware of Covid-19 and how they can stay safe. Deir Hafer is located 60 km from Aleppo and 12 km from the nearest market, so the 800 people who live here rely heavily on food assistance from WFP to meet their daily needs.

WFP is working with its cooperating partners and service providers to ensure enhanced hygiene standards across all activities including the management of distribution sites and suspension of biometric authentication which may cause close contact and risk of infection. WFP has increased the frequency of distribution days in order reduce the total number of beneficiaries at each site at any given time.

Photos: WFP/Khudr Alissa

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