The World Bank for the first time has extended $50 million grants for Rohingyas which will help the Bangladesh government to provide health, nutrition and family planning support to them in Cox’s Bazar.
The fund is coming in the form of additional financing to the existing Health Sector Support Project of the government. However, $8.33 million of the loan was IDA credit which the Canadian government has brought down.The government and the Washington-based lender signed a financing agreement in this regard at a function at Economic Relations Division (ERD) on Thursday. ERD secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and WB country director Qimiao Fan signed the deal.
This financing will help provide essential health and nutrition services to Rohingya people, which will include maternal, neonatal, infant, child and adolescent health, nutrition and psychosocial services, as well as reproductive healthcare.
“Nearly one million Rohingyas live in congested camps, including Kutupalong camp, the world’s largest refugee camp. They face risks of disease outbreaks and suffer from high rates of child malnutrition. Their healthcare needs are enormous,” said Qimiao Fan.