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France Supports Nutrition Activities for Rohingya Refugee Mothers and Children in Bangladesh

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a €400.000 contribution (more than US$490,000) from France to support life-saving nutrition activities for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

France’s contribution will help prevent and address moderate acute malnutrition among children under five and pregnant and nursing women living in refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar. As part of this support, WFP provides SuperCereal, a fortified nutritious porridge, along with training on good nutrition practices.

“We highly appreciate the positive impact for children and women refugees from the nutrition programme and training conducted by the World Food Programme, with our €300.000 contribution in 2017,” said Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh. “France hopes that its 2018 support will further benefit both Rohingya refugees and local communities exposed to moderate acute malnutrition and warmly thanks WFP for its continuous efforts.”

More than 5,000 children under five and 1,100 pregnant and nursing women in the refugee settlements of Cox’s Bazar will benefit from France’s support for this nutrition programme.

In welcoming France’s contribution, WFP Bangladesh Country Director Christa Räder said, “The nutrition situation in the camps remains critical. This is of particular concern for young children, nursing mothers and pregnant women. France’s contribution will help us address this situation.”

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in Myanmar since August 2017, resulting in about one million Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar district. Surveys conducted in late 2017 showed that malnutrition rates in these refugee sites are above the emergency threshold of 15 percent. The surveys also indicated that nearly half of children suffer from anaemia.

In Cox’s Bazar, WFP provides supplementary nutritious food to nearly 163,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under five.

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