• On 29 October, the Government of Bangladesh and UNICEF jointly celebrated the National Sanitation Month (October) and Global Handwashing Day 2018 in Cox’s Bazar. Over 500 school children took part and learned best handwashing practices.
• UNICEF in collaboration with partners conducted trainings focused on improving the capacity of frontline actors in the provision of quality Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) and Gender Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) services to the Rohingya community residing in Cox’s Bazar.
• UNICEF has built so far 1,306 Learning Centres (LCs), 108 are under construction out of 1,785 contracted and 2,053 planned. UNICEF provides non-formal basic education to 124,470 children with 3,958 trained teachers.
• Duing the reporting period, UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene teams focused on further improving the quality of hygiene promotion interventions through the establishment and training of a cadre of Core Facilitator Trainers (CFT). They ensure appropriate, effective and harmonized hygiene promotion interventions using community engagement approaches.
• The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 78 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. An additional US$33 million is required to fully deliver UNICEF’s response to meet Rohingya and host community needs.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
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)
392,580 Children (arrived since 25 August 2017) in need of humanitarian assistance (Based on ISCG SitRep 11 October 2018)
728,000 New arrivals since 25 August 2017 (ISCG SitRep, as of 11 October 2018)
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
With there has been occasional rains in October the cyclone season continues into November. If Bangladesh was to experience a cyclone there would be significant impact on many parts of the country, including Cox’s Bazaar and the Rohingya refugees. Living in temporary bamboo frame and tarpaulin shelters, the refugees will be highly vulnerable to any strong winds. Based on the mid-term review of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) and consultation with the Government, the development of the 2019 JRP is ongoing and expected to be completed by end November. In parallel, UNICEF has started to develop its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for next year to include key components of the upcoming JRP. Additional aspects that may be included in the HAC appeal will be expanding support to the Bangladeshi community in Cox’s Bazar district as well as with preparedness and response related programmes to other humanitarian situations nationwide.