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Germany provides critical humanitarian assistance for refugees in Tanzania and Rwanda

Staff Writer |
Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda.

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This funding is vital as WFP refugee operations in the region are facing critical funding shortages. WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received EUR 1 million from the contribution.

In Tanzania, the German contribution was used to purchase maize meal which is included as part of monthly food rations that consist of pulses, salt, vegetable oil and a fortified porridge.

In Rwanda, the contribution was used mainly to purchase maize and beans for monthly food distributions. WFP Rwanda also purchased fortified porridge, sugar and micronutrient powders to support the most vulnerable people who are in need of a particular diet.

In both countries, WFP provides supplementary food for pregnant and nursing women, children under the age of five, hospital in-patients and people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

These targeted feeding programmes provide much needed nutrition through additional foods such as fortified porridge or micronutrient powders.

These food items are important in the fight against stunting and undernutrition in children, and they boost the immune systems of vulnerable people.

WFP also provides hot meals to refugees who are in transit and reception centres.

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