Hundreds of thousands of people have found refuge in makeshift settlements in the area of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where they live in extremely precarious and deteriorating conditions.
Working with local and international partners, the World Food Programme (WFP) is providing assistance for people arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar. Upon arrival, people receive high energy biscuits. Once settled, they receive fortnightly rations of rice, lentils and oil.
WFP is expanding the reach of its e-voucher programmes to cover all new arrivals in Cox’s Bazar. Food vouchers lead to more nutritious diets, empower women and provide real value for money, costing less than distributing food, while boosting the local economy.
WFP is especially concerned about the health of women and children arriving hungry and malnourished after days on the move, and is providing nutritional support.
A recent survey (by UNICEF, Action Contre la Faim, Save the Children, UNHCR and WFP) shows alarming malnutrition rates in Kutupalong refugee camp. The preliminary findings indicate that one in four Rohingya children – more than previously thought – is suffering from malnutrition.
WFP’s aid activities in Myanmar have been severely disrupted.
What the World Food Programme is doing to help refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh
Food assistanceAs of January 2018, 866,000 people have received food from WFP. Fortnightly rations, calculated for households up to 3 members, consist of 30 kg of rice, 9 kg of pulses and oil. 201,388 people are enrolled in WFP’s e-voucher programme, under which they receive a monthly entitlement on a pre-paid debit card. They can use this in allocated shops to buy 18 different types of food including rice, spices, fresh vegetables, eggs and dried fish.
NutritionTo combat the alarming levels of malnutrition, WFP is providing nutrition support to 201,245 including children under 5 and pregnant and nursing women.