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Protecting nutritional status and the role of micro nutrient premix in the United Nations World Food Programme’s response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami

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The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004 presented the humanitarian community with one of the largest challenges it had ever faced. The United Nations World Food Programme responded with an immediate and massive relief effort that eventually became one of the most complex operations the organization had ever undertaken, spanning six countries, two continents, and millions of beneficiaries. While the primary focus of the immediate response was providing life-sustaining food aid to those whose houses, fields, crops and livelihoods had been washed away, WFP also sought to shore up the nutritional status of groups made vulnerable by the tsunami – in particular children, new mothers and the elderly. In such situations, ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare fortified foods play a key role. Within days of the tsunami, WFP found itself required to deliver large quantities of such foods to the crisis zone in record time. In Aceh and Nias, WFP had not been providing fortified foods prior to the tsunami, so it turned to countries in the region, such as Bangladesh, where WFP was producing such foods in large quantities .

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Year 2006
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Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/HIFY2117
DOI Number 10.52439/HIFY2117
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