AfDB continues to support displaced people from Myanmar in Bangladesh – Bangladesh

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (22 June 2022) – The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) today approved a $41.4 million grant to help improve infrastructure and manage the basic needs of displaced people from Myanmar sheltering in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh.

The grant is the second phase of the AfDB’s ongoing emergency assistance project, a $100 million grant approved in 2018.

“The new assistance will build resilience against COVID-19 and any future pandemic by expanding health facilities and improving water supply and sanitation,” said AfDB Country Director for Bangladesh, Edimon Ginting. . “Disaster shelters, health facilities, improved water supply and sanitation, and better waste management that will be provided with AfDB assistance, will reduce disaster risks and will meet the basic human needs of the camp population until their repatriation”.

The grant approved today will build 200 water and sanitation facilities and three solid waste management facilities, and establish a piped water supply system in Ukhiya. It will, among other things, modernize four health care facilities for severe acute respiratory infections, expand six primary health care and diagnostic centers in Teknaf, improve the skills of health workers in the district of Cox’s Bazar and to build a disaster-resistant multipurpose isolation center to help with the COVID-19 response.

Cox’s Bazar district is in the southeastern part of Bangladesh, which is highly susceptible to disasters triggered by natural hazards. To build disaster resilience and help protect displaced people, six school cyclone shelters at local primary schools and one multi-purpose cyclone shelter, which will also function as a COVID-19 isolation centre, will be constructed. Approximately 13 kilometers (km) of rural access roads leading to camp facilities will be upgraded.

In addition to the new grant assistance, the AfDB today approved a $30 million concessional loan to rehabilitate a 30.76 km section of National Road 1 to improve the transport of relief and essential goods between Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar. The improved road will facilitate economic activities and income generation in the area, benefiting both displaced people from Myanmar hosted in the camps and the host community.

AfDB support has so far provided clean water, bathing facilities, food distribution centers and disaster shelters for over 1.2 million people in camps and host communities. Security in the camps has also improved thanks to solar street lights and lightning arresters. Roads, walkways and bridges inside the camps have improved overall camp management as well as the distribution of food and other services.

The AfDB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Founded in 1966, it is owned by 68 members, including 49 from the region.

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