Bangladesh - Rohingya Crisis
20 February 2018 - Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar.
The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has announced a US$2 million grant to WHO for upgrading the Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to enhance health care services for Rohingyas and their host communities.
At present, all patients with more serious conditions are referred to and treated at Sadar District Hospital. The funds will be used to double the number of in-patient beds from 250 to 500, and to improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services.
28 January 2018 - 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.
2 January 2018 - School children, living in areas close to the Rohingya camps in Ukhia and Tekhna sub-districts are being administered a dose of DT vaccine, as part of the diphtheria outbreak response.
The school vaccination initiative was planned on 1st January as children report to schools in large numbers to receive free books given by government at the start of the academic year. Missed children, if any, would be vaccinated on 3 January.
19 December 2017 - WHO has released US$1.5 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale up health operations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh over the next six months, to respond to the rapidly spreading diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya population.
The funds will be used to support immunization activities, improve laboratory capacity, support community engagement, contact tracing and case management in health facilities, as well as to provide essential medicines and supplies.
12 December 2017 - The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks 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.
4 November 2017 – The second phase of the oral cholera vaccination drive began today to provide an additional dose of the vaccine to children of newly arrived Rohingya population against the deadly diarrheal disease. The children are also being administered oral polio vaccine.
Nearly 180,000 children aged between one and five years are expected to receive the second dose of oral cholera vaccine (OCV), while around 210,000 children up to the age of five years will be vaccinated against polio in a six-day immunization campaign in Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar and Naikhanchari in Bandarban district.
Responding to health needs of vulnerable population
Since 25 August more than half a million people have arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area from Myanmar. Most of them have gathered in makeshift or spontaneous settlements. Poor nutrition, communicable diseases (including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases), injuries and other concerns such as mental health provide immense public health challenges that the Ministry of Health, Bangladesh, WHO and other health partners are working to address.
WHO is working closely with IOM, UNFPA, UNICEF and other health partners in ensuring adequate health services are provided to the vulnerable population.
- Rohingya crisis: KS Relief gives US$2 million to strengthen Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar
- Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar: WHO
- Over 350,000 children to get additional dose of diphtheria vaccine in Cox’s Bazar
- Nearly half a million children being vaccinated against diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar
- WHO releases US$1.5 million to fight diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar as probable cases exceed 1,500
- Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria
- Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise
- Second phase of cholera, polio vaccination begins in Cox’s Bazar for vulnerable population
- Over 700 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar
- Oral cholera vaccination campaign kicks off at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh
- WHO appeals for USD 10.2 million to support critical health interventions in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- 900,000 vaccines “en route” to Cox’s Bazar to prevent cholera
- WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies provides US$ 500 000 to address urgent health needs in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- WHO sets up health monitoring, early warning alert in Cox’s Bazar
- WHO provides critical support to step-up health services delivery in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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- WHO and partners support diphtheria treatment centres in Cox’s Bazar
- Diphtheria vaccination held in Cox’s Bazar schools
- Strengthening mental health services in Cox’s Bazar
- Nearly 200 000 Rohingya children received the second dose of Cholera vaccine
- WHO supports health partners in Cox’s Bazar
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- Life-saving essential medicines, supplies on the ground at District Hospital, Cox’s Bazar
- Connecting needs and services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- WHO plans, supports delivery of life-saving vaccinations to 150 000 children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- WHO mounts high-impact health response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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