Cox’s Bazar


Coordination mechanism: Sector
Year of activation: 2017
Nutrition Officer: UNICEF UNV
1. CMAM advisor and TWG lead: CWW
2. IYCF advisor and TWG lead: SCI
3. AIM (Assessment and Information Management) advisor and TWG lead: ACF

Country Key Contacts

Kibrom Tesfaselassie

Sector Coordinator ktesfaselassie@unicef.org

Mohd Mostakim Ali

Information Management Officer mmoali@unicef.org

Annual Report 2023

January to December 2023

Humanitarian Needs Overview achievements (HNO)

Nutrition Sector partners will continue providing life-saving essential nutrition services, both curative and preventive, for the target population through the 45 rationalized integrated nutrition facilities (INFs) in the camps. Nutrition services will also be provided through other Sectors’ service centres, such as primary health care centres, hospitals, disability rehabilitation centres, and learning facilities, and through the Mother, Infant, and Young Child Feeding programme approaches. Nutrition Sector partners will continuously monitor the malnutrition status of the targeted population. Children under five with identified nutrition needs will be screened, referred, verified, and admitted to the respective nutrition programme. Children with disabilities will be referred to a disability rehabilitation program to receive stimulation therapy and to be treated jointly with nutrition, protection and disability services. The Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme will provide preventive nutrition services to over 152,000 children under five and 38,500 PLW. The Sector will also advocate for and support other nutrition services that require inter-sectoral collaboration, including food vouchers in the selected pilot camps, and nutrition promotion and learning programmes in learning centres. The Nutrition Sector partners will expand cross-cutting programmes successfully tested in previous years, including the inclusive Early Childhood Care and Development programme for children 3-5 years, and Accountability to Affected Population (AAP). Over 3,000 PLWs with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) will be screened for anaemia during the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programmes referrals. Severe and moderate anaemia cases will be referred to the Health’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Antenatal or Postnatal Centres nearby the nutrition facilities. The anaemia prevention programme will reach over 76,000 adolescents and 32,000 PLWs with Iron and Folic Acid supplementation. The Vitamin A supplementation campaign will reach 152,000 children aged 6-59 months and deworm 92,000 children aged 24-59 months at least twice per year.

Joint Response Plan Achievements (JRP)


  1. To ensure equitable access and utilization of quality preventative nutrition specific services for boys and girls of 0 – 59 months, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) in camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. (SO2, SO3)

  2. To enhance equitable access and utilization of quality life-saving nutrition services for early detection and treatment of acute malnutrition for boys and girls of 0 – 59 months and PLW in camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. (SO2, SO3, SO4)

  3. To improve capacity of nutrition actors nutrition information systems and knowledge-generation to facilitate scale-up of nutrition interventions. (SO2, SO3, SO5)

Sector Challenges faced in 2023

Shortage of funding is one of the major challenges that Nutrition Sector is facing now. The General Food Assistance (GFA) ration cuts started on 1st March 2023 with a reduction of the value voucher entitlement from $12 to $10 and the second phase of the reduction from $10 to $8 started on 1st June 2023. If additional funding is not received in the coming months, these entitlements may be further reduced in the future. The nutrition sector and the UN agencies are very concerned about the impact of the ration cuts on the nutrition status of vulnerable populations particularly children and pregnant and breast-feeding women. Negative impacts on nutrition have specifically been outlined as of particular concern given the already high levels of malnutrition (high stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies) among the Rohingya population, which are anticipated to deteriorate over time with the GFA ration cuts.

Since the start of the ration cuts in March 2023, the general outlook from the nutrition programmes is yet to show a major impact, given that changes in nutrition status are expected to be seen over time and not suddenly. The nutrition sector and partners are working closely to strengthen community outreach programmes, strengthen the prevention of malnutrition programmes as well the quality of treatment programmes.

Advocacy, Intersectoral Collaboration and Preparedness
Advocacy Survey
Country Advocacy Strategy developedYes
Link to documentLink
Advocacy activities included in annual work planYes
Specific WG leading advocacy work establishedYes
Contingency plan or ERP plan developed/updatedYes
Link to documentLink
Intersectoral Collaboration (ISC)
Intersectoral projects currently under implementationYes
Clusters engaged
Health Sector

Key Figures



Number of SAM under-five children in need
Number of MAM under-five children in need
Number of children 6-23 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Vitamin A Supplementation
Number of PLW counselled (one-on-one) on IYCF
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need of BSFP
Number of PW in need of iron/folate supplementation

Total Partners

JRP partners

UN agencies


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