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ISCG Situation Report: Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Cox’s Bazar - 19 July 2018

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  • A total of 9,756 individuals in 2,125 families have been verified through the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR joint verification exercise as of 18 July. All individuals above the age of 12 have received an ID card and all households received a family certificate, which will be use for the provision of protection and assistance in Bangladesh. The exercise aims at consolidating a unified database for identity management, documentation, provision of protection and assistance, population statistics and ultimately solutions.

  • Since the onset of the crisis, the Health Sector has provided a total of 2,480,273 outpatient consultations to the refugees and host communities.

  • Shelter upgrades continue in camps and settlements, with 199,748 households (90% of target) supported with extra tarps, rope, bamboo and wire and 115,572 households supported with tie-down kits (55% of target) to strengthen existing shelters.

  • As of 15 July 2018, 36,037 refugees have been relocated to newly developed sites, including relocations for risk mitigation and infrastructure development as well as new arrivals; 20,436 of these were due to landslide risks. During the second half of July, 5,916 refugees are planned to be relocated.

  • An online interactive incident response tracking tool has been developed by the WASH sector and is in use by partners to follow up on facilities that have been damaged due to adverse weather. Mitigation processes during the reporting period include desludging of latrines (5,455), decommissioning (326), water quality surveillance, stockpile mapping and hygiene promotion with focus on diarrhoea illnesses,

  • Despite the monsoon season, the Nutrition Sector managed to organise a Nutrition Action Week covering all camps and host communities and screening for malnutrition and providing Vitamin A supplementation and deworming, targeting 90% of all children below the age of 5.

  • Safe space for temporary evacuations is urgently needed. Another topline gap is the need for more land for sustainable relocation sites; severely congested conditions in the camps have far-reaching negative consequences. Sizable funding gaps continue to limit humanitarian capacity.