USAID today declared a donation of $18.4 million in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.
The fund will be allocated to provide emergency food assistance, said a press release of the USAID.
This latest contribution, combined with earlier contributions, brings the total amount awarded to the World Food Programme specifically for work with refugees in Bangladesh to more than $24 million since August last year.
More than 62,800 children under five years are in need of treatment for acute malnutrition and 120,000 pregnant and lactating women need nutrition assistance, it said.
USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski said, “USAID is pleased to support the Government of Bangladesh’s commendable efforts in assisting the Rohingya refugees by funding this emergency food assistance. This assistance will give the most vulnerable people the nutrition services they need to survive and will target upwards of 36,000 children under five to help fight acute malnutrition and child mortality.”