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Japan-UNFPA $37 million deal to protect Rohingya

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News desk: The Japanese government has signed an exchange agreement of 37 million dollars with the United Nations Population Fund for Development (UNFPA) to help the Rohingyas living in Bhasanchar, Noakhali.

On Tuesday (November 22), Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka Ito Naoki handed over the agreement to UNFPA representative Christine Blukus. This information was informed in a press release of the Embassy of Japan.

The grant money will be used to enhance sexual and reproductive health services, protect the dignity and safety of women and girls from gender-based violence, and empower adolescents.

While handing over the exchange agreement with the Ambassador of Japan Ito Naoki in Dhaka, UNFPA Representative Christine Blukus said, ‘With the generous support of the Government of Japan, UNFPA is strengthening the linkages between Noakhali’s critical health facilities to increase life-saving SRH and GVB (Gender Based Violence) serviceshas been able to work with the government of Bangladesh.UNFPA thanks the Government of Japan for its confidence and especially for their encouraging engagement across Bhasanchar in Noakhali to improve health and safety outcomes for women and girls.’

At that time, the Japanese ambassador said, “I am glad that Japan has extended additional support to the Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar-Bhasanchar and to the ‘welcoming community’ through UNFPA.” However, the protracted Rohingya crisis has left many women and girls suffering from reproductive health problems and GBV. Assistance in those areas is comparatively very less.

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Ito Naoki said, “A sustainable solution to this crisis will help realize the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Japan will stand by the government and people of Bangladesh in response to the Rohingyas.

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