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Humanitarian crisis management programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Activity Update (18 October 2018)

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BRAC has been implementing a holistic, multi-sector response since the influx began in August 2017, in close coordination with the government and other partners through the Inter Sector Coordination Group. We have been working in Cox’s Bazar for the last 35 years, including specifically with the Rohingya population from previous influxes, and are pursuing an adaptive, phase-wise strategy that sequences our interventions to provide integrated services to everyone affected by the crisis.

SITUATION UPDATE

Cyclone preparedness is the top priority: response planning and risk mitigation efforts continue in close coordination with the government. Shelter improvements can increase wind resistance but safe evacuation spaces are vital. A joint WASH/Health rapid response team was mobilised to investigate acute watery diarrhea alerts in camp 5. A short-term action plan will improve gender-based violence responses amongst health partners until December, though expanded gender-based protection and child protection services remain vital.

Recruiting qualified Rohingya teachers remains a challenge. Over 16,000 persons have been verified through the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR joint verification exercise, as of 8 October. Sizable funding gaps persist, with troubling consequences for multiple life-saving sectors.

Classes are continuing successfully in the pilot project two-storied temporary learning centre built in partnership with UNHCR, and further bamboo bridges supported by WFP were completed. A skill development programme providing tailoring and life skills training to 1,800 Rohingya women is underway.

Some sections adopted from ISCG situation reports