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Humanitarian crisis management programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Activity Update (24 October 2018)

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BRAC has been implementing a holistic, multi-sector response since the latest influx began in August 2017, in close coordination with the Government and different humanitarian partners through the Inter Sector Coordination Group. We have been working with the host communities in Cox’s Bazar for the last 35 years and specifically with the Rohingya population from previous influxes since December 2016. We are pursuing an adaptive, phase-wise strategy that sequences our interventions to provide integrated services to everyone (Rohingya and host communities) affected by the crisis.

Situation Update

Cyclone preparedness continues to be the top priority: response and risk mitigation efforts continue in close coordination with the government. Heavy rainfall and strong winds associated with Cyclone Titli (which hit the eastern coast of India on 12 October) affected Cox’s Bazar throughout the week. On 13 October, 21 weather-hazard related incidents were reported across the camps, damaging 15 BRAC facilities, including 7 learning centres.

Joint verification exercises continue with over 16,000 persons verified by the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR as of 8 October. Managing rumours concerning how the UNHCR-issued ‘smart’ ID cards will be used by humanitarian partners continues to be a challenge. Sizable funding gaps also persist, with troubling consequences for multiple life-saving sectors.

On 22 October at 4 am, the first set of Rohingya twins were born at BRAC’s 24/7 primary health centre at Lambashia. BRAC has two 24/7 centres currently operational in the camps, with additional centres in the pipeline.

Some sections adopted from ISCG situation reports