Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar: WHO

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

20 February 2018, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Calling for continued efforts to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities, the World Health Organization today said six months after the start of the refugee crisis, the vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

Early Warning, Alert and Response System (EWARS)

WHO Bangladesh/ El Sakka

World Health Organization (WHO) issues Epidemiological Bulletin from Cox’s Bazar, analysing data collected via the Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) established by WHO and MOHFW, with reporting units managed by various partners.

Assessing health facilities in Rohingya camps

To better address health needs of the nearly one million vulnerable population in Cox’s Bazar – the new arrivals as well as the host Rohingya community - WHO is coordinating mapping and assessment of the 270 health facilities serving them. Using a mobile device, volunteers from various partner agencies are collecting information about available health services, water and sanitation, infection prevention and control (IPC) and waste management measures in these facilities.

Over 350 000 children to get additional dose of diphtheria vaccine in Cox’s Bazar

WHO Bangladesh

28 January 2018, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Stepping up efforts to curtail the ongoing diphtheria outbreak in Cox’s Bazar, WHO and UNICEF are working with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate over 350 000 children in the Rohingya camps and makeshift settlements with an additional dose of diphtheria vaccine. The campaign started yesterday and is planned to be completed on 8 February. 81 vaccination teams will conduct 1 000 vaccination sessions.

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