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 especially concerned about the health of women and children arriving hungry and malnourished after days on the move, and is providing nutritional support.
A new 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 WFP is doing to help refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh
As of 14 November, nearly 700,000 people have food from WFP. Fortnightly rations, calculated for a family of five, consist of of 25 kg of rice, as well as lentils and oil.
WFP is providing fortified wheat-soya blend to make porridge to all families with young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers as they come to pick up their rice rations.