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05 Jan 2018 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières doctor Nina Goldman is currently in Bangladesh, where MSF provides medical care to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in neighboring Myanmar. Here, she describes the diphtheria outbreak that is currently affecting the makeshift camps where refugees have settled.

27 Dec 2017 description

Further disease outbreaks are likely if the refugees’ living conditions don’t improve.

Diphtheria, a disease long forgotten in most parts of the world thanks to increasing rates of vaccination, is re-emerging in Bangladesh, where more than 655,000 Rohingya have sought refuge since 25 August, following increased violence in Myanmar. As of 21 December, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen more than 2,000 suspected cases in its health facilities and the number is rising daily. The majority of patients are between five and 14 years old.

24 Dec 2017 description

Since 25 August, MSF has massively scaled up its operations in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Number of MSF health facilities: 19 health posts, three primary health centres and four inpatient health facilities

Number of staff: 2,258 national and international staff as of the end of November