Bangladesh (Rohingya Influx): Reproductive Health Report, 1 November 2017
Since the start of violence in Rakhine State, over half a million people have fled Myanmar. To respond to this humanitarian emergency, IOM is delivering health care, including reproductive health services.
IOM provides maternal and newborn care services in 11 IOM-supported clinics, including facility-based delivery services in Kutupalong and Leda, as well as basic emergency obstetric and newborn care in Leda.
IOM conducts emergency referral services with 11 ambulances. 3,285 women received pregnancyrelated care, including 2,438 antenatal care, 504 postnatal care, and 343 deliveries, in September 2017.
Our health promotion outreach teams encourage more women to seek reproductive health services, and raise awareness among both women and men. IOM also provides family planning services at 13 IOM-supported clinics, including educational sessions and provision of contraceptives.
IOM supports women’s groups and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), and conducts clinical management of rape survivors and capacity building, in collaboration with UNFPA and other partners.
IOM also supports the provision of continuous mental health and psychosocial support. Since 25 August, 289 GBV survivors were supported with case management. 2,403 individuals received psychological first aid, and 987 individuals received health referrals by IOM protection teams.
IOM distributes hygiene kits and dignity kits, which include custom-made sanitary pads. Discussion with women is ongoing on their needs for adequate kits which will be provided upon delivery.
Shedding Light on the Crisis: 24-hour clinic in the Rohingya camp
IOM has launched the first 24-hour clinic inside the largest Rohingya camp (Kutupalong Expansion Camp), thanks to the partnership with Solévolt, BPO Data Exchange, and Kopernik. The clinic has installed Solévolt solar energy systems to power clinics and provide outdoor lighting and mobile phone recharging to the surrounding camp population.
The partnership has meant that a primary health clinic initially built to provide general care can now provide 24-hour services including primary health care, consultation and medicine distribution, emergency stabilization and referrals and critically important 24-hour delivery room services for pregnant wome