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USAID announces $7.5 million award to UNICEF to fight malnutrition among Rohingya refugees

“On December 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $7.5 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the Food for Peace Act to improve the nutritional status of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. With this new award, the U.S. Government has provided over $90 million to assist Rohingya refugees since August 24.”

Dhaka, December 11, 2017 – On December 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $7.5 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the Food for Peace Act to improve the nutritional status of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. With this new award, the U.S. Government has provided over $90 million to assist Rohingya refugees since August 24. Over 625,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar since August 25.

USAID Mission Director, Janina Jaruzelski, noted that, “USAID is pleased to support the Government of Bangladesh’s commendable efforts to assist the Rohingya refugees by funding this nutrition assistance.” She also emphasized that “this partnership with UNICEF will alleviate suffering and make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people among the refugee population: children. No child anywhere should suffer from malnutrition.”

To improve the nutrition status of impacted refugees, UNICEF will implement a Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition program that includes the use of ready-to-use therapeutic foods in treatment. The program will treat approximately 66,000 children under-five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

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