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22 Mar 2018 description

In October 2016, Haiti was hit by its strongest hurricane for more than half a century. Hurricane Matthew caused enormous damage, killing more than 470 people, leaving more than 175 000 homeless and decimating what little infrastructure the country had.

Despite the devastation, within five days of receiving a request for help, WHO medical supplies – including cholera and malaria diagnosis and treatment kits – were being delivered to affected areas.

21 Mar 2018 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW as of 21 March

  • Close to 700 000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since 25 August 2017 (at least 90% of the total Rohingya population of northern Rakhine).

  • The vast majority of new arrivals are located in the densely populated Kutupalong-Balukali agglomeration, known as the “Mega Camp”. There is a serious risk of flooding and landslides, due to the fast approaching cyclone and monsoon season.

21 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The third round of diphtheria vaccination campaign is ongoing; in the first five days, 62,658 children aged 6 months to 7 years were vaccinated with pentavalent vaccine while 89,005 children from 7 to 15 years were vaccinated with tetanus-diphtheria vaccine.

20 Mar 2018 description

The UK is stepping up its efforts to help Rohingya men, women and children living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

This is ahead of the fast-approaching annual cyclone and monsoon season which has the potential to cause significant devastation and loss of life.

Almost a million persecuted Rohingya people, who have fled neighbouring Burma, live in the fragile and cramped camps.

The UN estimates 102,000 of them are living in areas at risk of flooding and 12,000 people are at risk from landslides.

20 Mar 2018 description

Report

Background

  1. We travelled to Bangladesh in early March 2018 as part of our inquiry into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma1 commenced in October 2017.2

19 Mar 2018 description
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Summary report

The rainy season is expected to have a serious impact on life-saving services and ongoing humanitarian aid in Cox’s Bazar. The pre-monsoon and monsoon will cause access constraints to sites in both Ukhia and Teknaf, as mud roads become impassable, footpaths slippery and earthen stairs and slopes become dangerous and potentially collapse. Shelters and facilities will be damaged and flooded. The overall impact is likely to be an increase in needs for the 671,000 refugees and a more challenging response environment.

16 Mar 2018 description

PART I: CRISIS AND NEEDS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

Since 25 August 2017, targeted violence against Rohingya communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has forced 671,000 people - mostly women and children - to flee their homes. This exodus has become one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.

16 Mar 2018 description

Funds will meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them.

By Tim Gaynor in Kutupalong Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh | 16 March 2018

When they fled Myanmar violence six months ago, Mohammad Islam and his family had nothing to eat and were sleeping in the open lashed by monsoon rains.

16 Mar 2018 description

Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release
16 March 2018

United Nations agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, a US$951 million appeal to meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them.

16 Mar 2018 description

Highlights

  • 671,000 new arrivals are reported as of 15 February, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Round 8 site assessment. The full dataset can be found here. The decrease is not a result of population return, but rather the use of a more detailed and accurate methodology to estimate total population figures.

16 Mar 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 10 March 2018, a total of 6 132 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported.

  • The third round of 13-day Diphtheria campaign started on 10 March.

  • There is an increase in the number of reported cases of acute jaundice syndrome relative to previous weeks.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

15 Mar 2018 description

Funding required: $23.18 B
Funding received: $936.6 M
Funding percentage: 3.8%
People in need: 128.8 M
People to receive aid: 93.6 M Countries affected: 35

14 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF is stepping up its monsoon preparedness in Rohingya camps. Facilities at risk of floods and landslides are being reinforced, decommissioned or relocated. Five diarrhoea treatment centres are being constructed, and contingency stock (e.g. hygiene kits, aquatabs, chlorine, soap and buckets) is being prepositioned. Meanwhile, a network of 1,000 community mobilization volunteers are proactively engaging the community on how they can protect themselves during the upcoming monsoon/cyclones.

14 Mar 2018 description

Since July 2014 it has been my privilege to hold the position of Executive Director with MSF in the UAE. As I reach the end of my tenure, I find myself reflecting on our work in recent months and years – on the projects that may come to define us as a medical humanitarian movement.

06 Mar 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 3 March 2018, a total of 6 025 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported.

  • There is a decline in the reported numbers of acute jaundice syndrome in week 9 relative to the previous weeks.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

05 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The third round of the diphtheria vaccination campaign will run from 10 to 25 March 2018. Meanwhile, a declining trend is noted in Acute Jaundice Syndrome, with 87 cases reported in past week compared to 169 cases in the previous week. The total number of cases is now 921. For the first time since the crisis began, routine immunization has started in 19 fixed health posts.

04 Mar 2018 description
report Direct Relief

Within the Rohingya refugee camps situated outside of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the lanes are crowded, thick with people in motion. Turning your head in any direction, you are swallowed by the deep sense of humanity and are carried along in the sea of movement. The mass movement of people seeking survival, relief and better lives.

More than 700,000 of these refugees have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh, and the latest threat to their survival comes not only from food insecurity, unsafe housing and disease, but the weather.