In a major advancement made, the Japanese government has announced to grant Pakistan assistance of $10.6 million fight the crisis of malnutrition and increase resilience against natural disasters. The concrete steps will help improve the livelihood of people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.
The latest financial assistance is part of the new partnership signed between the Japanese government, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and WFP (World Food Programme) in Islamabad.
Out of the total grant of $10.6 million, the amount of $3.5m will be spent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for early identification and treatment of 155,000 acutely malnourished mothers and children. It will also improve the lives of families displaced from Afghanistan and vulnerable population.
“WFP is extremely grateful for the continued partnership and generosity of the Japanese government in providing emergency life-saving nutritional support for malnourished mothers and children. We are proud to be working together to support some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable families” – said Finbarr Curran, WFP representative.
This will empower the local the communities and help them improve the quality of their lives.
“Empowering vulnerable local communities and enhancing their resilience to withstand crises requires coordinated efforts by all stakeholders” – he said.
He added that by sharing experiences of local challenges and those faced by Japan with reference to natural disasters.
“By sharing experiences of natural disasters in Japan, we secure our cooperation to share efficient monitoring and warning systems for earthquake and tsunami through UNDP’s policy and instructive support” – Japanese Ambassador-designate Kuninori Matsuda said.
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