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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Bi-Weekly Situation Report #4, 28 February 2019

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  • WHO OSL is coordinating and creating a synergy between partners and UN agencies to help each other in case of stockout.

  • A total of 33 alerts (triggers) were reported and reviewed in the EWARS system in week 8 2019 which is lower than previous week (75 in week 7). All alerts were reviewed within 48 hours.

  • The health sector is continuing its engagement to a rationalization process to consolidate health services and ensure appropriate geographic distribution of health facilities. The health sector initiated the rationalization process through an inter-agency task team, endorsed by the Civil Surgeon.

  • A joint WASH-Health Team investigated the high number of bloody diarrhea cases reported in camp 10 and 11. The team worked closely together with the WASH partners in the field to improve WASH conditions.


There are an estimated 911 000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, according to the latest ISCG situation report (January 2019). This includes 34 172 previously registered refugees from Myanmar in Kutupalong refugee camp and Nayapara refugee camp. Rohingya refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh, though the overall influx has slowed substantially since the onset of the crisis in late August 2017. Lately, new refugees have arrived from India. All refugees, including new arrivals, face compounding vulnerabilities including health.

WHO has been responding to this crisis since September 2017 to date. Summary of response actions from epidemiological weeks 5 and 8 2019 are presented below; according to the WHO functions.