New joint research conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute and Cornell University stated that Rohingya children residing in Bangladeshi camps who have “electronic food vouchers” are in better health condition and acquiring efficient nutrition from those who have “direct food assistance”. United Nation’s World Food Programme has provided this electronic food vouchers.
The research, “Food Transfers, Electronic Food Vouchers and Child Nutritional Status Among Rohingya Children Living in Bangladesh,” was published on 29th April in the online journal PLOS One where the lead author John Hoddinott said electronic food vouchers allow families to buy a greater range of nutritionally diverse foods.
The researchers have measured the heights and weights of 523 children, ages 6 months to 23 months. They found that receipt of the electronic voucher was associated with improved height.
Each Rohingya get about $9 a month in their electronic food vouchers, which look like debit cards.
Ms Halima, a Rohingya Refugee mother said, “It is a reliable way and more secure than cash. However, sometimes we also need cash money.”