The World Food Program (WFP) will provide more than 64 million U.S. dollars in aid to Cambodia from 2008-2010, local media reported on Thursday.
The WFP executive board has approved the grant, which will focus on two projects over the next three years, Cambodian-language newspaper the Koh Santepheap quoted Thomas J. Keusters, country director of the United Nations humanitarian agency, as telling Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Namhong during their recent meeting.
The first project, livelihood improvement cooperation restoration, will receive nearly 57 million U.S. dollars to achieve four main goals including providing food to school-age children, and helping people living with AIDS or tuberculosis as well as victims of natural disasters, said the WFP country director.
Under the project, TB patients will receive medicine and 30 kilograms of milled rice per month, said Keusters, adding poor primary school children will receive food to support their family.
The second project, worth more than 7 million U.S. dollars, will help reduce maternal mortality rates and promote maternal and infant health.
According to Keusters, four-month pregnant women will receive food until they give birth and their children will inherit the aid until they reach two years of age through the Ministry of Health and local authorities.