IOM Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis Response - External Update (21 December 2017)
- IOM and its partners are scaling up its Shelter and Non Food Items response through its distribution of over 88,500 blankets and emergency shelter, including bamboo bundles for over 1,500 families.
‐ To respond to the Diphtheria outbreak, IOM is supporting a vaccination campaign for children under six years old through community workers through provision of support to vaccination teams on the ground. IOM is constructing three isolation and treatment centres to urgently increase case management and bed capacity and supporting contact tracing at several locations.
‐ IOM has released its Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Round 7, assessing 1,635 locations hosting Rohingya refugees in collective sites and host communities.
Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter and clean water, and sanitation.
In addition to ongoing challenges such as proper waste management and lack of motorable road access to transport building materials, another concern is the diphtheria outbreak.
According to WHO, between 8 November and 19 December, 1841 suspected case-patients with diphtheria were reported with 22 deaths. Cases have been reported from both Ukihya and Teknaf with urgent efforts required to scale up prevention and treatment response.
IOM works closely with the Government and the humanitarian community to meet the needs of the displaced population. IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities.