WHO prepositioning medical equipment and supplies in Rohingya camps as preparation for rainy season

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are preparing for the rainy season that is expected to affect thousands of Rohingya refugees by floods and landslides.

Expecting road blockages and difficult access to the camps, WHO, in cooperation with World Food Program (WFP), prepositioned containers that will safely store sufficient supplies to treat patients for several days, with minimum external support. This will allow fast intervention and continuity of health facilities in providing lifesaving services. The main prepositioned supplies are Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) kits, Emergency Health Kits (EHK), Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Malaria Kits, Severe Acute Malnutrition Kits. These supplies are addressing the main health challenges that are expected following floods and landslides.

To ensure that the health care facilities will have a good access to the medical supplies, WHO has identified key points in North and South of camps from Ukhiya sub district, as well as in Teknaf sub district.

One of these points to preposition supplies is Samaritan Purse field hospital, located in the Southern part of Ukhiya mega camp. The supplies will not only help this health care facility, but also the ones in nearby area, making it a hub of for delivery essential medicines in emergency situations.

As health agency coordinator and according to its mandate to strengthen the health sector, WHO also assisted partners to preposition medical supplies and provided preparedness guidelines.