Emergency and humanitarian action

Humanitarian situation in Chittagong division due to sudden influx of Myanmar refugee in Cox's Bazar and adjacent districts of Bangladesh

The Emergency

Funds allocated:
US$175 000

Affected population:
Close to 700 000 people were estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

In the early hours of 25 August, violence broke out in Rakhine State of Myanmar. As a result, more than 650,000 people were estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh. The crisis situation due to speedy influx of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) is graded as 3 by World Health Organization. During that time, there was a huge Need of emergency and basic health care services for the growing number of arrivals. More human resources needed to meet the emergency health care services. It was needed to establish Tents/temporary health posts immediately in Unchiprang, Moinar Ghona and Thangkhali/Burma para and other spontaneous settlements.

Vaccination coverage for new arrival children was crucial to prevent outbreak of communicable disease. Strengthening Disease surveillance was one of the important priorities in the settlements to detect, verify and manage disease outbreak. To prevent mortality and morbidity, emergency medicines such as Cholera Saline, Antibiotics, Anti-Pyretic, ORS etc. were urgently needed for managing public health situation of FDMNs. Considering the context, DGHS requested for SEARHEF funds to prevent morbidity and mortality.