Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Health Sector Bulletin No. 05, Period: 07 April 2018 - 03 June 2018
The oral vaccination campaign for acute watery diarrhea was successfully completed on 13th May 2018. A total of 901,810 people were vaccinated in this campaign including Rohingya and host community.
According to incident report (as of 12 May 2018) by Site Management Sector in Cox’s Bazar, 27 incidents have been reported as a result of current rains. A total of 1 551 households have been affected including 7 112 individuals. WHO and health sector partners continue to put in place mechanisms to respond to health needs those likely to be affected.
The health sector has received 10.9% of the US$113.1 million requested through Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan 2018 (https://fts.unocha.org/appeals/656/summary as of 10 June 2018). Additional funding is required to cater for the health needs of the Rohingya community as well as strengthening the health system in Cox’s Bazar.
1. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 702 160 Rohingya have crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, joining 212 840 others who had fled in earlier waves of displacement. As of 24 May 2018 over 607 096 arrivals are in Kutupalong expansion site, 292 505 in other camps and settlements, and 15,000 in the host community, impacting the already congested health response. The scale of influx into Cox’s Bazar district and the scarcity of resources resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency that exceeded the coping capacity of the local communities and systems.
The health sector’s 107 national and international partners have responded to the needs through health service delivery in both static and mobile health facilities in both Ukhia, and Teknaf as well as through expansive community health worker networks. The sector is responding to the population needs through provision of health services in camps as well as strengthening of the health system as a whole through supporting existing health facilities, the health workforce and the surveillance system. The current health sector focus is strengthening preparedness for the ongoing monsoon/cyclone season for which there is a high likelihood of floods, landslides and associated health threats, including epidemics.