UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore visited Cox’s Bazar on 25 and 26 February. The Executive Director called for global action, noting that “A generation of Rohingya children and young people cannot be left without the education and skills to build a life for themselves… With the right investment, the Rohingya can be an asset to their community and to the world.”
Two Multipurpose Child and Adolescent Centres opened in February, which will serve as a ‘one stop’ centre providing 800 Rohingya adolescents with learning, psychosocial support, case management, life skills, vocational training and parenting education. There are plans to reach 40,000 adolescents through 100 centres in 2019.
UNICEF increased the reach of piped, chlorinated water by 33 per cent in February; now 71,000 refugees access safe water networks. Full coverage of water networks will be achieved by the end of 2019.
With support from UNICEF, the Islamic Foundation of Cox’s Bazar held a twoday workshop, engaging 100 religious leaders (9 Rohingya Imams along with 5 female and 86 male religious leaders from host communities) to develop a strategic work plan to improve community mobilization around lifesaving behaviours in camps and host communities in 2019.
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
The international community is continuing its preparations for the on-coming monsoon season, with a cyclone disaster planning workshop and a simulation exercise planned for the coming month. UNICEF has undertaken a vulnerability mapping of its over 2,650 service points, including learning centres, protective spaces for children, adolescents and women, outpatient programmes for children with severe acute malnutrition, health posts, breastfeeding centres and water points. Those facilities at the highest risk of floods and/or landslides are being reinforced or relocated. Contingency supplies have been procured and are being systematically mapped and monitored as they are pre-positioned.
In terms of Varicella (Chicken Pox), the health sector reported 7,294 varicella cases in the final week of February, a reduction from 9,232 in the previous week. This is the first downwards movement since cases were first tracked at the beginning of December. In total, 40,790 cases have been reported, 30,381 of which were in February.
The 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) was launched in February and is available online at this link. UNICEF has also finalized its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal which can be accessed at this link. The 2019 HAC hasincluded the UNICEF requirements under the JRP along with broader support to the affected host communities, and emergency preparedness and response nationwide.