- United Nations World Food Programme in Burma
The United Nations World Food Programme in Burma supplies the needy in Burma with
Headed by Bhim Udas, the WFP in Burma provides food supplies consisting of
rice, pulsesand, iodized salt, and oil, particularly the poor and vulnerable in the northern Rakhineand Shanstates of the country and the Magwe Division [ [http://www.wfp.org/country_brief/index_region.asp WFP - Where we work - World view ] ] . The United Nations World Food Programme in Burma is responsible for benefiting around 500,000 - 600,000 people, often working with those infected by diseases such as HIV- AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
The head of the Burma Food Programme Udas has urged the
Government of Burmato provide more assistance in poorer areas of the country as during difficult periods it is often three to six months until supplies can be distributed fully [ [http://www.myanmar.com/myanmartimes/MyanmarTimes15-299/n007.htm Myanmar Times & Business Reviews ] ] and by then is often too late.
2007 Burmese anti-government proteststhe United Nations reported that food shipments out of Mandalay Divisionto half a million people in the northern districts was being disrupted. [cite web|url=http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24077|title=Unrest in Myanmar could block food aid for 500,000 people, UN food agency warns|date= 28 September 2007] This problem added the shortage of funding over its three year operation and the poverty caused by the government's eradication of opium farming. Military cooperation with the food shipments was quickly resumed. [cite news|url=http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24086|title=Myanmar: UN to resume delivering food in Mandalay District|date= 30 September 2007|publisher=United Nations]
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