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Humanitarian crisis management programme: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Monthly Update (September 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.

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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 is a challenge. Over 13,940 persons have been verified through the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR joint verification exercise, as of 25 September. Sizable funding gaps persist, with troubling consequences for multiple life-saving sectors.

BRAC completed construction on a pilot project two-storied temporary learning centre in partnership with UNHCR, and bamboo bridges supported by WFP. Skill development programmes for 1,800 Rohingya are underway.

Some sections adapted from ISCG situation reports