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Humanitarian preparedness and response

Humanitarian support to Myanmar and Bangladesh

At the Global Refugee Forum in December 2023, Australia committed $235 million to support displaced Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh, and for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar (from 2023 to 2025).

This builds on over $625 million in humanitarian assistance provided to Myanmar and Bangladesh since 2017.

Australia's contribution supports the delivery of life-saving food, water and shelter as well as essential protection, education and health services for those most in need, including women, girls and people with disabilities.

Since the Myanmar military coup in February 2021, humanitarian need there has surged from 1 million to an estimated 18.6 million people. More than 2.3 million people internally displaced since the coup.

Australia commends Bangladesh's ongoing support to over 960,000 Rohingya who rely on humanitarian assistance to survive. We also recognise the ongoing impact on communities hosting the Rohingya.

Australia's humanitarian assistance is delivered through the United Nations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-government organisations.

All partner organisations have proven capacity to deliver neutral and independent humanitarian assistance and reach those most in need. They are carefully chosen to ensure that Australia's assistance does not directly benefit or legitimise the military regime in Myanmar.

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