Dhaka, Bangladesh
WFP concerned at high rate of malnutrition among Rohingyas

WFP concerned at high rate of malnutrition among Rohingyas

COX'S BAZAR, Nov 13: The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) expressed concern over high malnutrition rates among Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar, reports BSS. "A broader effort is needed because clean water, toilets and health facilities are as vital as food in tackling malnutrition," WFP said in a statement, adding that a new survey shows the malnutrition rates in Kutupalong camp are alarming. "The preliminary findings indicate that one in four Rohingya children are suffering from malnutrition, a higher rate than anticipated," it also said. The survey was conducted by UNICEF, Action Contre la Faim, Save the Children, UNHCR and WFP. Other assessments taking place in November which will provide a clearer picture of the nutrition situation for the new arrivals: two nutrition assessments at additional sites near Cox's Bazar and a WFP household food security assessment with nutrition indicators. The findings will update the projected number of children expected to suffer severe acute malnutrition over the next few months and guide the wider emergency response. It said WFP is currently providing nutritional support by distributing Super Cereal Plus to more than 68,000 pregnant women and mothers of young children. Super Cereal Plus is a fortified mix that makes a nutritious porridge. The statement said the UN organisation has to date provided rice, lentils and oil to around 680,000 people. "WFP wants to ensure food security and a decent living for both local communities and new arrivals, so we must look to create opportunities from which both can benefit," it said. It added: "WFP urgently needs US$55 million to support one million people in the Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh, including the new arrivals and people who were already living in camps near the border and host communities." UNB adds: United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten on Sunday said they consistently heard about sexual violence from Rohingya survivors, including gang-rape of women by multiple soldiers. "One survivor described being held in captivity by the Myanmar Armed Forces for 45 days when she was raped repeatedly," she told a press conference at a city hotel. Patten said others still bore visible scars, bruises and bite marks attesting to their ordeal. "Any actor who commits and commands or condones sexual violence against civilians must be held to account," she said. The UN envoy said Bangladesh's efforts and humanity will be remembered in history and her office stands ready to amplify the voices of the survivors and to bridge them to the international community in order to keep a spotlight on this crisis.

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