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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Bi-Weekly Situation Report #7, 11 April 2019

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OBITUARY

  • With deep sadness, the WHO Bangladesh condoles the passing away of Dr Abdur Noor Bulbul, Health Coordinator of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), on 8 April 2019. Dr Bulbul was a beloved friend the sector partners in Cox’s Bazar, who showed unwavering commitment to helping people in need.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ten new diphtheria cases were reported in week 14, (1 confirmed, 9 suspected), bringing the total number of reported case-patients to 8 545.

  • To gain an understanding of how women and men perceive immunization in camps, WHO organized two focus group discussions.

  • Water Quality Surveillance round 10 has been started in all refugee areas.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

There are an estimated 911 149 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, according to the latest ISCG situation report (February 2019). This includes 34 172 refugees from Myanmar who registered before 31st August 2017. 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 13 and 14 of 2019 are presented below, according to the WHO functions.