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Assistance to Refugees from Western Sahara (2013-2014)


Titre : Assistance to Refugees from Western Sahara (2013-2014)

Pays : Algérie

Durée : 1 January 2013–30 June 2014

Algeria has been hosting refugees from Western Sahara since 1975. These refugees are located in camps in the harsh, isolated desert environment of western Algeria where opportunities for self-reliance are extremely limited, forcing them to rely on international humanitarian assistance for their survival. The refugees were supported by the Algerian Government until 1986, when WFP started providing basic food support to the most vulnerable. Despite assistance, malnutrition levels remain a concern ; while the latest nutrition survey shows that the prevalence of global acute malnutrition has reduced sharply from 18 percent in 2008 to 8 percent in 2010, stunting has only decreased slightly from 32 to 30 percent. The prevalence of anaemia among children aged 6-59 months and non-pregnant women remains high.

Following a government request for WFP continued support to the refugees from Western Sahara, WFP and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees carried out a joint assessment mission in October 2011. The mission confirmed the need for continued food assistance and that most refugees remain highly dependent on humanitarian aid from the international community for their survival.

The overall objective of this protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) is to ensure food security and meet the minimum daily nutritional requirements of the most vulnerable refugees. In line with WFP’s Strategic Objective 1 (Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies), the operation aims to improve food consumption for the most vulnerable refugees living in the camps and reduce acute malnutrition and anaemia in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women. In line with Strategic Objective 3 (Restore and rebuild lives and livelihoods in post-conflict, post-disaster or transition situations), the PRRO aims to maintain the enrolment and retention of refugee girls and boys in assisted schools.

Coût Total (United States dollars)
WFP food costs : US$19,842,501
Total cost to WFP : US$31,694,690

Programme Alimentaire Mondial (WFP)

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