Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria
The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 months to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border. Accelerated immunization will cover nearly 255 000 children in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox’s Bazar, while the Government and health partners continue to increase support for diphtheria treatment and prevention.
World Health Organization (WHO) issues Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletins 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. Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletins during humanitarian health response is part of WHO’s mandate to guide health sector partners and Government to make evidence based decisions to respond to acute health events and plan necessary preventive actions in time.
A second Measles and Rubella (MR) mop up vaccination campaign was recently finalized in Cox’s Bazar district, covering nearly 355 000 Rohingya children aged between 6 months to below 15 years old. The campaign from 18 November to 5 December was led by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and was supported by WHO, UNICEF and health partner organizations. The first MR campaign ended in September, when nearly 150 000 children were vaccinated. 94 mobile and fix vaccination teams, composed of nearly 500 people were involved in this initiatives to protect the newly arrived population from communicable diseases.
210 health facilities have been mapped in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, in an effort to understand distribution of health services. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from WHO, IOM, UNFPA, UNHCR and UNICEF deployed several teams to map the facilities providing health services in Rohingya settlements. Data collection tools installed on mobile phones were used to gather data regarding the type of facility, services provided, contact details and location of the facilities. The mapping predominantly includes primary health centres and health posts, although hospitals were also mapped for completeness and to assist in referrals planning.