To date, 908 foster families of vulnerable children in the camps have benefited from the Ministry of Social Welfare-UNICEF Cash Assistance Programme. The programme will be implemented until December 2018 aiming to reach 9,000 foster families.
UNICEF continued to provide non-formal education to 94,881 children (aged 4-14) through 2,807 trained teachers in 887 learning centres (LCs) in the refugee camps. By the end of 2018, UNICEF aims to establish 1,453 LCs in the camps.
The five UNICEF-supported Diarrhoea Treatment Centres (DTCs) treated 67 patients in the last two weeks, including 29 children under age five for Acute Watery Diarrhoea. No positive case of cholera reported.
UNICEF, together with the Institute for Public Health and Nutrition (IPHN) and Cox’s Bazar Civil Surgeon’s Office, led the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2018 which brought together community leaders, families, and caregivers on the importance of infant and young child feeding for the Rohingya and Bangladesh’s children.
The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 62 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. However, an additional US$57.2 million is required to fully deliver UNICEF’s response to the Rohingya needs.
703,000 Children in need of humanitarian assistance (JRP March to December 2018)
1.3 million People in need - including refugees and host community (JRP March to December 2018)
381,240 Children (arrived since 25 August 2017) in need of humanitarian assistance (Based on ISCG SitRep 19 July 2018)
706,000 New arrivals since 25 August (ISCG SitRep, as of 02 August 2018)
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
The ongoing cyclone and monsoon season, which is expected to continue till November affects various parts of the country and has debilitating impact on the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Heavy rains since early June have caused localized flooding, landslides, and water logging. Risk of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea outbreak remains high during the monsoon season.
Mid-term review of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) for March to December 2018 is ongoing, with a possible extension until 31 March 2019. UNICEF’s 2018 revised Humanitarian Action for Children includes the key components of the JRP, an emphasis on expanding support to the Bangladeshi community in Cox’s Bazar district and preparedness and response to other emergencies nationwide.