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Humanitarian programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Activity Update - 20 December 2017


What you need to know today

  • A total of 655,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 19 December)

  • BRAC's total coverage (based on sanitation) is 549,960 people with installation of 13,749 latrines (87 today). BRAC ensures access to safe water for 357,584 people through 1,264 shallow tube wells, 65 deep tube wells and three ring wells. 3,580 bathing cubicles were set up (47 today); especially for women and adolescent girls. A total of 3,069 latrines have been de-sludged (82 today) and made functional for reusing. 728 latrines have been decommissioned. A total of 35,451 hygiene sessions have been conducted.

  • BRAC's 10 primary health centers and 50 satellite clinics have provided 616,797 services (6,889 patients today). 75,497 cases of pneumonia (872 today) and 78,423 cases of diarrhoea have been treated (814 today). BRAC has helped to deliver 379 babies so far and four of them were born today.

  • BRAC assisted in bringing 56,065 children to vaccination centre and contributed in immunising 10,109 children during the government-led campaign against diphtheria. BRAC has identified 366 diphtheria cases (16 today) and referred for isolation. 279 health workers and 1,129 programme staff have been trained to handle diphtheria cases. Health workers have counseled 10,069 people on diphtheria (1,157 today) and a total of 906 hand washing points have been installed.

  • 206,361 blankets and 245,985 sets of clothes have been distributed; especially children and elderly people for protection against cold weather.

  • Some 35,074 children received recreational support through 211 child friendly spaces (CFS).

  • 15,225 children have access to 145 learning centres and 288 teachers have been assigned to guide them.

  • 61,711 household visits to disseminate life-saving messages have been completed (19,393 today) by community mobilisation volunteers. So far, orientation training of 800 volunteers and 107 staff has been completed.

Key challenges

Permanent solid waste management:
For solid waste management system, dumping stations need to be built outside the settlements in order to prevent congestion, bad odors, pollution and the risk of disease spread. Additionally, community awareness raising among the FDMNs is needed to promote proper waste management practices.

Difficulty in land requisition:
Administrative processes such as approval of land requisitions is delaying the implementation of appropriate measures for waste management.