Assessing health facilities in Rohingya camps
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 8 February 2018: 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.
A joint effort of health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors, the assessment also covers several nutrition sites and facilities providing specialized services such as labour wards.
“The process is aimed at identifying gaps in the agreed minimum package of essential health services and the overall health sector response,” said Kai Von Harbou, WHO’s Health Sector Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.
While water samples are being collected to assess the quality and safety of drinking water for staff, patients and their visitors, overall WASH facilities are also being evaluated. The volunteers are distributing information material in the facilities.
Information collected during assessment is being uploaded simultaneously by volunteers trained in using the preinstalled application on their mobile devices. The data thus available from the assessment is real time.
The ongoing assessment is the second after the mapping and evaluation carried out in November 2017.
With the population in the camps and settlements constantly on the move, and partners and health facilities adapting to the field conditions, such assessments would be needed on a regular basis.
The assessment and mapping of health services is part of the commitment of national and international partners to address the health issues of the Rohingya population and their host community.
Gathering, analyzing and providing health information to partners is an essential aspect of WHO’s mandate to enhance quality and efficiency of the current health response.