The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided $7.5 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the Food for Peace Act to improve the nutritional status of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.
With this, the U.S. government has provided over $90 million to assist Rohingyas since August 24, said the USAID office on Monday.
The number of Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25 has now risen to 646,000, says the United Nations.
USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski said the USAID is pleased to support Bangladesh’s commendable efforts to assist the Rohingyas by funding this nutrition assistance.
She also emphasized that this partnership with UNICEF will alleviate sufferings and make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people among the Rohingya population - children. “No child anywhere should suffer from malnutrition.”
To improve the nutrition status of Rohingyas, UNICEF will implement a Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition program that includes the use of ready-to-use therapeutic foods in treatment.
The programme will treat approximately 66,000 children under-five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Acute nutrition needs have been identified among 348,000 children under-five, 36,000 pregnant women, 84,000 lactating women, and 204,000 adolescent girls among the refugee population, said the USAID office.
The U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971.
In 2016, USAID provided nearly $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resiliency to climate change.