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Bangladesh: Humanitarian Situation Report No. 43 (Rohingya Influx), 30 October - 13 November 2018



  • UNICEF provides non-formal basic education to 132,205 children with support of 4,125 trained teachers. UNICEF has built so far 1,390 Learning Centers, 53 are under construction out of 1,925 contracted and 2,053 planned.
  • To date, more than 40,000 women and girls have accessed Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response services including psychosocial support in the 12 Safe Spaces that UNICEF has constructed.
  • UNICEF in partnership with Department of Social Services (DSS), has provided cash assistance to 3,000 foster care givers, benefitting around 4,200 children • The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 78 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. However, an additional US$33 million is required to fully deliver UNICEF’s commitments to meet Rohingya and host community needs this year. Continued funding support will be critical going forward to ensure uninterrupted and timely delivery of services in 2019.

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 01 November 2018)

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

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. The development of the 2019 JRP is well underway 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 the preparedness and response related programmes to other humanitarian situations nationwide.

During the reporting period, anxieties and concerns have risen across all camps, in response to the news about the start of the two Government’s repatriation plan. UNICEF supports UNHCR’s stances on the repatriation that “upon the free and informed decision by refugees, on an individual basis, to return”.