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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Bi-Weekly Situation Report #9, 9 May 2019



  • The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) team conducted an mhGAP training for health workers from Sadar Hospital, Ukhiya, Ramu and Moheskhali Upazila health complexes.

  • Refurbishment work for Microbiology Room of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research(IEDCR) Field Lab in Cox’s Bazaar Medical College has been completed.

  • Acute respiratory infection (ARI), acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and unexplained fever were the conditions with highest proportional morbidity this week.

  • World Immunization Week was observed in Rohingya camps from 24-30 April 2019 with the theme of ‘Protected Together – Vaccine works’. The week has featured, among others, an advocacy meeting with relevant stakeholders, awareness meetings with community influencers, dropout listing and vaccination by vaccinators, distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to service providers and others.

  • The health sector held bilateral meetings with a UN agency to plan on establishing first line support and referral services on gender-based violence (GBV) for ten of its supported health posts where GBV services are currently not available to meet minimum essential service package.

  • The Health Sector coordinated preparation for potential damage from heavy rains and winds, associated with cyclone Fani.


There are an estimated 911 359 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, according to the latest ISCG situation report (April 2019). This includes 34 172 refugees from Myanmar who registered before 31st August 2017. All refugees, including new arrivals, face compounding vulnerabilities, including in health. WHO has been responding to this crisis since September 2017. A summary of response actions from epidemiological weeks 17 and 18 of 2019 is presented below by WHO functions.