UAE foreign affairs and cooperation assistant minister visits kutupalong and launches cooperation on nutrition between UAE and UNHCR


Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations’ Affairs, Mr. Yacoub Al Hosani visited Kutupalong refugee settlement in Bangladesh. He was received by Mr. Kevin Allen, head of UNHCR’s Emergency Operations for the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh.

H.E. Mr. Al Hosni and Mr. Allen toured one of the UNHCR nutrition centres supported by the UAE contribution on the 4th of May. At the centre, the Assistant Minister met with UNHCR staff, partner agency workers and he saw first-hand affected refugees. He listened to a brief about the centre and UNHCR’s response in nutrition by a UNHCR nutrition expert. The visit is considered as the launch of the cooperation between UAE and UNHCR in the nutrition program which will cover the needs of 132,700 refugees, including 78,000 adult women and children.

“The situation of Rohingya refugees is very difficult, especially those women and children who suffer from malnutrition. UAE expresses appreciation to the Bangladesh government and the people of Bangladesh for their humanitarian stances, especially in hosting Rohingya refugees who fled forcibly. The UAE will increase support to UNHCR, the UN agencies, and all the humanitarian organizations, to help provide assistance and relief to the Rohingya refugees, this is a big task and all your efforts are much appreciated,” Speaking to UNHCR, H.E Mr. Al Hosani said.

“UNHCR and the refugees we serve thank the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates for this generous contribution, which will address the nutritional needs of thousands of Rohingya children,” Kevin Allen on the role of UAE and this contribution said.

UNHCR acknowledged UAE’s generous contribution of USD 2 million to support UNHCR’s activities, in particular nutrition, for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

An estimated one of every fifth Rohingya refugee child in Bangladesh is suffering from acute malnutrition. As per the last nutrition survey UNHCR conducted end of 2017, the overall global acute malnutrition rate for refugee children in Bangladesh was 18.2%, out of which almost 4% were suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Support for critical nutritional treatment, with a special focus on children and mothers is key. UNHCR has established nutrition programmes in ten camps across Kutupalong, Chakmarkul and Nayapara settlements, covering the needs of 132,700 refugees, including 78,000 adult women and children.


Compiled by Mariam Nihal