Dramane is almost one year old. His large smile shines like the sun at a time when anxiety and fear resulting from the unrelenting spread of COVID-19 is eating up most adults. Dramane and his mother Setou are among families receiving nutrition support from WFP and its partners in Nossombougou about 70km from Mali’s capital Bamako.
Setou is also smiling as she looks at her son who continues to grow well. The support from WFP and partners contributes to this. That is why the agency has maintained lifesaving support to women, girls, men and boys affected by crisis, helping communities protect and diversify their livelihoods, and supporting the government and its partners to adequately respond to the pandemic.
Dramane, Setou and other families in Koulikourou region are not the only persons in need supported by WFP.
About 320,000 vulnerable people affected by conflict and the effects of climate change in Gao, Kayes, Menaka, Mopti, Timbuktu and Taoudenit regions, relied on WFP support before the outbreak of COVID-19 and could be more vulnerable now without assistance.
WFP has adjusted its food distribution processes, provided its partners with protective and hygiene kits across the country, to ensure that those already furthest behind are supported. These photos show how this is done at food distribution sites where handwashing stations, temperature checks, and physical distancing are now the norm.
A specific circuit is established to facilitate collection of food rations and channel traffic in and out of the food distribution point.
In addition to providing food and nutrition assistance, WFP also supports remote and real-time monitoring of the impact of COVID-19 on the household’s ability to meet their food and nutritional needs.
WFP also brings its logistical know-how to the Ministry of Public Health and Solidarity for the management of supply chains, in particular air freight, storage and transport of material and equipment for combating COVID-19 in Mali.
Through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), WFP offers an essential service for the response to the pandemic, whether for the transportation of response teams or materials. UNHAS implements preventive hygiene measures for all passengers and ensures daily disinfection of aircraft.
All of these interventions have been possible thanks to the support of Belgium, Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mali, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, United States of America and the World Bank.