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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.

01 Mar 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 28 February 2018, a total of 5 882 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported.

  • The Diphtheria vaccination campaign in the host community in Teknaf upazila, vaccinated 39 222 children (97% coverage) from 17 February to 22 February with pentavalent vaccine in the age group of 1 to 5 years.

  • There is a decline in the reported numbers of suspected measles/rubella cases as well as acute watery diarrhea in week 8 relative to the previous week

SITUATION OVERVIEW

28 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 688 000 Rohingya have crossed over to Bangladesh following violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on 25 August 2017.

  • The ongoing challenges in safe water, sanitation and hygiene raise, together with the upcoming rainy season, risk of outbreaks of waterborne and diseases transmitted through the fecal-oral route, as well as vectorborne diseases among others.

  • The second round of vaccination campaign against diphtheria concluded on 10 February with 391 678 children (109% of estimated target) immunized.

27 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF has released a Child Alert to commemorate the six-month mark of the beginning of the crisis on 25 August 2017.

• During the past seven days, 219 suspected diphtheria cases were reported indicating a declining and stable trend. The third round of diphtheria vaccination will start from 10 March.

• 290,700 people now have access to safe drinking water and 391,090 people have access to sanitation facilities.

• UNICEF is providing non-formal education to 82,006 children and psychosocial support to 141,227 children.

27 Feb 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.

24 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian access to northern Rakhine remains constrained, limiting relief actors’ ability to conduct needs assessments and implement activities.

  • Preparations for refugee repatriation are ongoing, despite continued insecurity.

  • Relief actors prepare for upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons in Cox’s Bazar.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS 

23 Feb 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – It will be six months, this Sunday (25/02), since almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar started arriving in Bangladesh.

In one of the world’s biggest forced migrations in recent years, around half a million people crossed the border in just two months after 25 August. Early images of tens of thousands of frightened and exhausted families filing through muddy paddy fields or crammed into rickety boats during their flight shocked the world.

23 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 17th February 2018, a total of 5 764 suspected cases have been reported

  • The second round of vaccination campaign against diphtheria along with sweep activity concluded on 14th February 2018 397,375 children up to 15 years immunized.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

22 Feb 2018 description

With the last major outbreak happening decades ago, most MSF staff had only ever seen diphtheria in textbooks. MSF medical team leader Carla Pla describes the challenges of treating the disease amongst the refugee settlements of southeastern Bangladesh.

21 Feb 2018 description

More than 2,000 Bangladeshi and international staff members—from doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to logisticians, translators, and social workers—are working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. MSF operations here have rapidly scaled up since late August 2017.