Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- China Monday donated 14 tonnes of haricot beans to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia as assistance to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
"This donation demonstrates the Government of China's growing involvement in humanitarian endeavours on the continent, and WFP stands ready to support the Chinese government in any initiatives that are clearly shown to benefit vulnerable people in Ethiopia," said Miguel Barreto, WFP Deputy Country Director.
The donation, handed over to Barreto by Chinese Ambassador Lin Lin at Mekele, capital of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, symbolically represented a US$250,000 contribution that Beijing has provided in support of WFP's initiatives for People Living With AIDS (PLWAs) in the country.
WFP plans to purchase a total of 452 tonnes of haricot beans using the same contribution to assist some 111,000 beneficiaries for three months in Tigray, Amhara, Oromiya and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) regions and the city of Dire Dawa.
A recent survey by WFP in Ethiopia showed 95 percent of chronically sick people with HIV/AIDS had an improvement in their health status after receiving nutritious food from the UN food-aid arm over a six-month period.
An estimated one million people are living with the AIDS virus in Ethiopia.