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WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, May 2022


In Numbers

890 mt of food distributed

US$ 13 million cash-based transfers made

US$ 20.67 million six months (June 2022 – November 2022) net funding requirements

1.12 million people assisted in May 2022

Operational Updates

• In Bhasan Char, WFP provided a third month of in-kind food assistance through its partner, Islamic Relief, reaching 26,849 people (almost 5,000 more than in April). In June, food distributions on Bhasan Char will be provided by NGOs operating on the island instead of WFP; WFP intends to resume in-kind food assistance and reach the full caseload when funding is available. Meanwhile, WFP will continue to support pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 on Bhasan Char with specialized nutritious foods through its malnutrition prevention and treatment programmes that reached 7,143 individuals on the island in May (almost 900 more than in April due to ongoing screening efforts by WFP partners, including screening of new arrivals).

• In Cox’s Bazar general food assistance was provided to 889,000 Rohingya using e-vouchers, which allows refugee households to select from a variety of cereals, fresh food items and spices at one of the 21 WFP e-voucher outlets.

• To address malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, WFP continued to provide preventive and curative services at 45 integrated nutrition sites in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, along with curative services at 129 host community clinics. In May, almost 216,700 pregnant and nursing women, and children aged 6-59 months were reached within the refugee and host communities.

• Through the school feeding programme in Cox’s Bazar, 125,000 host community and 244,000 refugee children received fortified biscuits from local schools and camp learning centres, respectively.

• The second phase of disaster risk reduction programme activities started in Cox’s Bazar in May 2022.

• As part of the WFP livelihoods programme in Cox’s Bazar, 24,650 vulnerable host community women are receiving training and start-up capital to set up their own businesses.
A further 19,620 programme graduates continued to receive technical support for market and value chain development, including smallholder farmers linked to local markets via WFP and FAO aggregation centres.

• In the camps, 112 Communications with Communities (CWC) volunteers were engaged in door-to-door messaging on WFP supports, including general food assistance, nutrition programmes, the complaints and feedback mechanism, emergency preparedness and response, social cohesion and COVID-19 awareness.