KSrelief Signs Two Joint Agreements with WFP in Rome

ROME, ITALY: Two joint agreement were signed yesterday in Rome between King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide urgent food assistance to vulnerable groups in Jordan and Pakistan. The agreements were signed by Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, KSrelief’s Supervisor General, and David Beasley, Executive Director of the WFP, on the margins of the 2021 Executive Session of WFP’s Executive Board. 

The first agreement will provide nutrition-sensitive food assistance for 112,000 Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan; the second will provide nutritional support for 66,414 children and pregnant and lactating mothers in Pakistan. 

In Jordan, KSrelief will provide a grant to WFP to help meet the food and nutritional needs of targeted Syrian refugees living in the Azraq camp in the Zarqa governorate, the Zaatari camp in the Mafraq governorate, and the King Abdullah Park camp in the Irbid governorate. Under this agreement, monthly E-vouchers utilizing Blockchain technology will be distributed monthly; the vouchers are limited to the purchase of food items, and can be used at shops and bakeries inside the camps.

Under the second agreement, life-saving nutritional support will be provided for children with severe acute malnutrition and pregnant and lactating mothers in 14 targeted regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu Kashmir in Pakistan. The agreement covers several key components: one, increasing access to therapeutic feeding and integrated nutritional services for children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating mothers; two, strengthening the capacities of health care facilities and communities to identify and treat cases of malnutrition; three, increasing public access to information on nutrition and public health; and four, enacting enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols for use during the implementation of targeted therapeutic feeding programs. 

“There’s no way we can address all the problems we are having right now with refugees, particularly with children and pregnant women,” Executive Director Beasley commented. “That’s why this partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is extraordinary – because the people that the Kingdom is helping are families and children. It is a lifeline of support. We are so grateful for that.” 

On behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KSrelief provides urgent nutritional support and food security assistance to a number of countries. The World Food Programme is one of KSrelief’s key humanitarian partners in alleviating the suffering of millions of people around the world.