UNFPA and KOICA open new center for adolescents and youth in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar – Bangladesh

Monday, July 4, 2022 – Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: As part of their “Project to Improve Menstrual Health Management for Adolescent Girls and Women in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh”, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Korea International Development Agency ( KOICA) are opening their very first center for adolescents and young people at the Rohingya settlements.

The center was inaugurated today, July 4, 2022, in a ceremony held in Camp 13 by the Additional Commissioner for Refugee Relief and Repatriation (RRRC) of Bangladesh, Md. Shamsud Douza. UNFPA Deputy Representative Dr. Eiko Narita; Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency, Ms. Young Ah Doh; and UNFPA’s Cox’s Bazar Sub-Office Manager, Ms. Roselidah Raphael, also attended the inauguration alongside representatives of the project’s implementing partners, Mukti Cox’s Bazar and Prottyashi.

Adolescent girls and boys and their caregivers will be served by the center located in Camp 13. The center will be instrumental in educating and building life skills for Rohingya adolescents and youth, with a particular such as menstrual health management, gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), peaceful conflict resolution and protection education.

Life skills education classes run by the center will aim to educate men and boys about menstrual health and hygiene by incorporating sessions on menstruation, SRHR and gender into their curriculum. The centers will also inform community members of sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial support (PSS) services available, as well as livelihood skills training opportunities in the camps.

Going forward, the project plans to open 7 more centers for adolescents and young people in the Rohingya camps, as well as 4 centers located in school premises in the host communities of Ukhiya, Teknaf, Moheshkhali Upazila and the district of Cox’s Bazaar. When completed, a total of 17,160 adolescent girls and boys and caregivers are expected to benefit from the services provided by the centres.

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