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Development assistance in Bangladesh

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Health security in Bangladesh


Australian moved quickly to support Bangladesh’s emergency health response to COVID-19, providing medical equipment, training, hygiene and community awareness services; and emergency food and income to vulnerable people across Bangladesh. We will continue to support Bangladesh’s health security through Australian NGOs, our regional Water for Women program, and global contributions to the World Health Organization, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In the Cox’s Bazar District, Australia is responding to emergency health and humanitarian needs through our Rohingya and Host Communities Humanitarian Package.

Further information, including situation analysis, expected outcomes and key results, can be found in the Bangladesh COVID-19 Development Response Plan.

Related initiatives

Rohingya and Host Communities Humanitarian Package

$190 million for humanitarian assistance in Bangladesh since 2017

Australia is responding to emergency health and humanitarian needs in Cox’s Bazar District through DFAT’s existing partnerships with UN agencies, Australian NGOs and BRAC.  Our support continues to meet basic needs in food assistance, nutrition, education, protection; and water, sanitation and hygiene services. Australia’s COVID-19 health response includes support for the construction of isolation and treatment facilities with capacity for 1,900 beds.

Our funding to UN Women is supporting Rohingya women leaders and volunteers to deliver targeted COVID-19 awareness sessions for women and girls and the production of face masks through their Multi-Purpose Women Centres. Through Australia Assists we are providing technical experts, including in specialist public health, disability inclusion, communications and logistical support.

Further information on the humanitarian package can be found at Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.

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