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Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletin (MMWB) Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Volume No. 8: 26 November - 2 December 2017

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1. Population under Epidemiological Surveillance and Reporting Units

During epidemiological week 48 (26 November-2 December 2017), there was a 0.1% decrease in the population1 under EWARS compared to the previous epidemiological week (from 827,609 to 827,181). Overall, the settlement populations remained more or less stable.

The population of the settlements fluctuates daily due to movements between camps and new arrivals. For this reason, it was difficult to estimate the actual catchment population covered by the medical mobile teams working in camps and settlement areas.

EWARS reports were received from partner agencies active in all the FDMN makeshift settlements and new spontaneous camps namely: Kutupalong Expansion, Kutupalong registered camp, Leda registered camp, Nyapara registered camp, Shamlapur, Hakimpara, Thangkhal, Unchiprang, Jamtoli, and Moynarghona. In addition, EWARS data forms were collected from different departments (admission, emergency, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and internal medicine) of Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital and Teknaf and Ukhia Health Complexes (catchment population of 100,400).

During epidemiological week 48, the number of daily reports per camp/settlement in Cox’s Bazar increased by 7% compared to the previous week (452 vs 427 reports). Table 1 shows the population per camp and the daily number of EWARS reporting forms submitted from each of them.

Although the number of reports increased by 7%, the total number of consultations reported through EWARS in week 48 decreased by 12% compared to the previous week (81,379 vs 91,758). The weekly number of reporting and the number of consultations are shown in figure 1.