Samia Haque: 12 December 2017: 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.
Since August 25 to till now about 646,000 Rohingyas fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, 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 said 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.”
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.
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.