UK aid to provide fresh 70 million Euros for Rohingyas

The UK today pledged fresh humanitarian support for the Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar ahead of the looming cyclone and monsoon season and help to vaccinate almost one million people against deadly cholera.

From the onset of the crisis the UK has been a leading donor and today’s announcement of an additional 70 million Euros of humanitarian support will help ensure hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya people who have fled neighboring Myanmar, said a press release.

The fresh announcement of UK aid takes the UK’s total support for the crisis since August 2017 to 129 million Euros and builds on the work the UK is doing throughout Bangladesh to prepare for and respond to the incoming monsoon rains.

The UK aid is providing medication, sturdier shelters, food, clean water and support for women to give birth safely.

It is also helping to support a large vaccination campaign against cholera in and around the Cox’s Bazar camps that will benefit almost a million people – made up of both Rohingya families and Bangladeshis living near the camps.

Today’s UK aid is expected to provide up to 200,000 people with the necessary materials to strengthen their shelters; 300,000 people with food assistance and clean water; 30,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and 120,000 under-fives with emergency nutrition; 50,000 women – many of whom will give birth during the rainy season – to have access to midwifery care; 52,900 women and girls to have access to bathing cubicles; and 50,000 people to have access to healthcare services.

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