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 lifesaving assistance to Rohingya refugees. Upon arrival, people receive high energy biscuits. Once settled, WFP provides food assistance in the form of fortnightly rations and through e-vouchers they can use to purchase food in WFP retail outlets.
WFP is expanding the reach of its e-voucher programmes to include all the refugees it assists in Cox’s Bazar. Food vouchers lead to more nutritious diets and provide real value for money, costing less than distributing food, while boosting the local economy.
Alarming malnutrition rates in the refugee camps have been reduced to 12 percent of Rohingya children suffering from malnutrition through nutrition programmes.
253,000 children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women were assisted under WFP nutrition programmes.
US$ 22.2 million is required through April 2019 to support people affected by conflict and other vulnerable communities.
What the World Food Programme is doing to help refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh
Food assistanceAs of October 2018, 884,000 people have received food assistance from WFP. Fortnightly rations, calculated for households up to three members, consist of 30 kg of rice, 9 kg of pulses and 3 litres of oil. 210,000 people are assisted through WFP’s e-voucher programme, under which they receive a monthly entitlement on a pre-paid debit card. They can use this in allocated retail outlets to buy 18 different types of food including rice, lentils, fresh vegetables, eggs and dried fish
NutritionTo combat the alarming levels of malnutrition, WFP is providing nutrition support to 235,000 people including children under 5 and pregnant and nursing women.