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Humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Activity Update - 2 December 2017

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What you need to know today

• A total of 625,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 30 November)

• BRAC's total coverage (based on sanitation) is 494,560 people with installation of 12,364 latrines (151 today). BRAC ensures access to safe water for 303,620 people through 1,145 shallow tube wells, 18 deep tube wells and three ring wells. 2,268 bathing cubicles were set up (88 today); especially for women and adolescent girls.

• A total of 1,299 latrines have been de-sludged (61 today) and made functional for reusing and 525 latrines have been decommissioned.

• BRAC's 10 primary health centers and 50 satellite clinics have provided 500,705 services (8,450 patients today). 59,439 cases of pneumonia (912 today) and 64,201 cases of diarrhoea have been treated (961 today). BRAC has tested 11,370 people for tuberculosis, and initiated treatment for the 147 cases it identified. BRAC has helped to deliver 252 babies so far and six of them were born today.

• 36,574 sacks of briquettes have been distributed as alternative fuel source.

• 183,027 blankets and 152,354 sets of children’s cloths have been distributed for protection against cold.

• Some 31,112 children received recreational support through 200 child friendly spaces (CFS) and 387,263 children received high energy biscuits.

• A total of 3,488 trees have been planted (250 today) in makeshift settlements and host community to contribute to afforestation. 13,253 households have received vegetable seeds (4,172 households today) both in the settlements and host community to boost their food security.

Key Challenges

Child marriage:

Child marriage is a concern and early marriage is expected to increase as the dowry becomes a means to cope with food and resource scarcity. Under-aged adolescents girls are being married off in order to secure ration cards and other facilities by creating new households with separate food quotas.

Prevalence of anemia:

There is high prevalence of anemia among the adolescent girls due to iron-deficiency. Distribution of monthly iron supplements is to be expanded along with other nutrition activities in order to address high malnutrition issues among children and adolescents.

Lighting in the camp at night:

After sunset, the camps become quite dark. Aside from a few solar-powered lamps that were donated by several agencies during the initial emergency onset, the lack of lighting ripples into issues of protection, access to emergency healthcare and latrines.