Over the course of October 2017, WFP reached 7.2 million people with food assistance. Because of financial constraints, however, only about half of these people are receiving full rations, while the rest receive smaller rations that cover 60 percent of their monthly needs.
WFP has been gradually scaling up to provide specialized nutritious foods to 1.8 million people, including children between 6 months old and 5 years old, as well as nursing and pregnant mothers. If all malnourished children had access to timely treatment and care, their full recovery would take only a few months.
In response to the cholera response led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, WFP is using its logistical expertise to set up diarrhea treatment centers and oral rehydration centers, as well as providing IT support and transporting medical and humanitarian supplies. As of late July 2017, the agency was also providing food assistance for patients and caregivers in more than 100 treatment centers.