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WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

12,463.07 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3.3 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 275 m total confirmed contribution for Cox’s Bazar L3 Emergency Response

US$ 27.7 m six months (Oct 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements for CSP of which US$ 21.7 m is for Cox’s Bazar Emergency Response

1.3 m people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP Rohingya Refugee Emergency Response: The mid-term review of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) has been published, defining priorities for the rest of the year and incorporating lessons learnt from the ongoing emergency response. As of September 2018, there are an estimated 921,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar (ISCG reports).

  • The JRP indicates slight decline in the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) from 19.3 percent in October/November 2017 to 12 percent in April/May.

  • Active Cyclone Preparedness Measures: WFP is engaged in risk mitigation and emergency preparedness measures for the forthcoming cyclone season through prepositioning items and machinery, building cyclone shelters and capacity strengthening trainings and awareness programmes. Additionally, it is actively liaising with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the Government including the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), to reduce loss of lives and perceptible damages.

  • Life-saving Food Assistance: The 23rd round of General Food Assistance (GFA) was completed, reaching 145,320 households with in-kind food; E-voucher assistance reached 209,606 refugees.

  • Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Programmes: 163,226 children under five years of age and 33,841 pregnant and breastfeeding women from both the refugee and host communities were assisted at the Blanket/Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (B/TSFP).

  • Rice Fortification: WFP is providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs (MoWCA) for the Food Friendly Programme – which aims to support 500,000 beneficiaries with fortified nutritious rice by the end of 2018.
    Forecast based Financing (FbF): WFP is liaising with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) to formulate a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to ensure timeliness and effectiveness of cash distributions to the population impacted by floods.

  • Therefore, WFP is actively promoting the usage of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), through the inter-agency partnership project with IOM and FAO, SAFE. The first round of distribution started in September targeted 2500 households and plan is to scale it up to 9000 households.