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01 Feb 2018 description
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Justin Forsyth

I was shocked by the stories I heard from Rohingya children on my recent visit to Bangladesh + to see the work of UNICEF and its partners to help 680,000 Rohingya refugees, 58% of which are children.

01 Feb 2018 description


  • As of 27January 2018, a total of 4 907 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria have been reported.

  • A second diphtheria vaccination campaign started, targeting 363 537 Rohingya refugees aged 6 weeks to 15 years.

  • A joint health and WASH sector survey of health facilities started to inform implementation of priority WASH and IPC interventions.


31 Jan 2018 description


  • 688 000 refugees into Bangladesh (of which 585 000 in Kutupalong and Bulukhali camps)

  • 4 865 clinically suspected Diphtheria cases and 31 deaths (reported in refugee camps)

  • In parallel, an increase in mumps cases has been reported.

31 Jan 2018 description


  • Total population of 728,786 (84%) persons under surveillance. 147 (93%) of 158 health facilities enrolled in EWARS.

  • Completeness of reporting in W4 was 69% (101/147 health facilities).

  • Total of 95 alerts were triggered, of which 100% were verified; 3% are undergoing risk assessment, and 3% completed risk assessment.


31 Jan 2018 description
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Situation in Numbers

  • 720,000 Children in need of humanitarian assistance.

  • 1.2 million People in need (HRP 2017 - 18)

  • 399,040 Children (arrived since 25 August 2017) in need of humanitarian assistance

  • 688,000 New arrivals since 25 August (ISCG SitRep, as of January 27, 2018 )


30 Jan 2018 description


  • As of 13 January 2018, a total of 4 119 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria have been reported. Of these, laboratory specimen information was reported for 228 cases, 61 (27%) of which tested positive by PCR. 108 clinically suspected cases were admitted at diphtheria treatment facilities on 13 January 2018. A total of 32 deaths have been recorded so far.

29 Jan 2018 description

A diphtheria outbreak is raging in the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have settled after fleeing violence and persecution across the border in Myanmar. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Rosie Burton recently returned from Bangladesh, where she spent one month working in a diphtheria treatment center run by the organization. Here, she describes the situation.

29 Jan 2018 description


Since 25 August 2017, 655,000 people4 , the majority of whom are women and children, have fled violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar and have crossed the border to seek shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The newly displaced people (People from Rakhine) add to the 212,538 people who had already fled from Rakhine state, Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in successive displacement flows - most recently in October 2016. In total, there are 832,112 People from Rakhine in Cox’s Bazar.

29 Jan 2018 description


More than 17,000 people have reportedly been displaced in Afghanistan in the past week. This includes more than 10,000 people who fled military operations in Chardarah district, Kunduz Province, and arrived in Kunduz City, according to initial information. Following an attack on the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad, Kandahar Province, that killed four staff members, the international NGO suspended activities across the country.

17,000 people displaced


28 Jan 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar, 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.

27 Jan 2018 description


• Humanitarian access to northern Rakhine remains limited; insecurity and intercommunal tensions persist

• Approximately 900,500 people displaced from Burma to Bangladesh need assistance

• FFP contributes $18.4 million to WFP to support vulnerable populations in Bangladesh


26 Jan 2018 description

Number of health facilities: 15 health posts, three primary health centres and five inpatient health facilities

Number of staff: More than 2,000 national and international staff as of the end of November

Number of patients: More than 200,000 patients have been treated at MSF outpatient facilities and 4,938 patients in inpatient facilities between the end of August and the end of December

Main morbidities: respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, diphtheria

26 Jan 2018 description

900,000 Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar District

688,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar

1.2 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Key Highlights

  • A Shelter/NFI Common Pipeline has been established, including an application system and supply numbers. Agreements with pipeline partners will be signed from next week aiming to release the Upgrade Shelter Kits (USKs) from the beginning of February 2018.

26 Jan 2018 description
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What you need to know today:

  • A total of 655,500 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 14 January 2018)

24 Jan 2018 description
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  • Nearly 688,000 refugees have arrived since 25 August 2017, of which 399,040 are children.

  • As of mid-January, 41 suspected diphtheria cases have been identified in the host community. The campaign in host community schools for Pentavalent and Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) vaccination was finalized and reached 168,842 children (97%) of the total target of 174,403 children; 293 cases of measles have been reported during the first two weeks of January 2018.

22 Jan 2018 description


The alert level for the Mayon Volcano has been raised to Level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. The volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 January, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. The eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.

21 Jan 2018 description


  • Total population of 766,460 (89%) under surveillance. 145 (92%) of health facilities enrolled.

  • Completeness of reporting in W2 was 63% (92/145 health facilities).

  • Total of 70 alerts were triggered, of which 92% were verified and 14% are undergoing risk assessment.

Indicator-based alerts

Total of 53 indicator based alerts:

19 Jan 2018 description

The first meeting of the Bangladesh/Myanmar Joint Working Group was held on 15 January in Naypiydaw, Myanmar. Discussions reportedly focused on the modalities for the return of refugees.

The right of refugees to return voluntarily should continue to be at the core of the dialogue between the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar. In addition to voluntary returns must be safe, dignified and sustainable.

The relocation of 9,400 refugees from Bandarban, near the border with Myanmar, to Kutupalong settlement began on 14 January 2018. It will continue in the next weeks.

19 Jan 2018 description
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  • Nearly 656,000 refugees have arrived since 25 August 2017, among them 380,190 are children.

  • As of 11 January 2018, over 4,000 cases of suspected diphtheria were reported, with 32 deaths registered. Over 54 per cent of these deaths occurred among children under five years.