Canada commits $8.15 million to aid Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people in Myanmar

Backgrounder

Canada announced up to $8.15 million for humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected Rohingya refugees. Here is a breakdown of the non-governmental organizations and UN agencies receiving funding:

  • International Committee of the Red Cross - $1.5 million
  • United Nations (International Organization for Migration, World Food Programme and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR], for site maintenance and improvement) - $1.5 million
  • World Food Programme - $1.5 million
  • United Nations Population Fund - $1.1 million
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency - $1 million
  • UNHCR - $950,000
  • Action Against Hunger - $600,000

These funds will help address the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities and help improve monsoon preparedness and mitigation, with a focus on addressing the unique needs of women and girls. This will be done by providing:

  • upgraded tool and shelter kits;
  • pre-positioned shelter materials, essential household items and perishables;
  • infrastructure upgrades, including access roads, drainage, and the terracing and retention of hilly land for shelter;
  • livelihoods assistance and cash-for-training;
  • adequate and safe drinking water and sanitation;
  • food distribution and nutrition services;
  • health-care services, as well as mental health and psychosocial support for those affected by trauma;
  • family planning and sexual health and reproductive services;
  • hygiene kits and dignity kits with items that meet the specific needs of women and girls; and
  • women- and child-friendly spaces.

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