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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Weekly Situation Report #23, 26 April 2018

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Weekly Situation Report # 23

Date of issue: 26 April 2018

Period covered: 17 April – 24 April

Location: Bangladesh

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • From 8 November 2017, a total 6,780 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported. Cases continue to be reported amongst children aged 5‐14 years.

  • 37 medical technologists and medical assistants participated in Laboratory diagnosis of malaria using Rapid diagnostics and Microscopy.

  • About 984,906 people are being targeted in the Oral Cholera Vac cine (OCV) campaign scheduled to commence on 6 May 2018 including 135,000 from the host community.

  • The first rains have fallen on the Rohingya camps last week; a clear sign that the monsoon season has started.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 687,000 Rohingya have crossed over from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, joining approximatel y 212,500 others who had fled i n earlier waves of displacement. There have been 7,400 new arrivals since January 2018.

  • The Nearly 1.3 million FDMN people are in desperate need of health assistance with 1 million new arrivals and 300,000 in the host communities. Majority of the p eople are highly vulnerable, have experienced severe trauma and are living in extremely deplorabl e conditions.

  • The first rains have fallen on the Rohingya camps last week; a clear sign that the monsoon season has started. Of particular concern is increased risk of water‐borne and vector‐borne diseases like: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), and malaria respectively. Considering the present water and sanitation conditions in the camps, cases of acute watery diarrhoea are likely to increase with the rains. None of the health facilities in the camps have reported being flooded, but many have been identified to be at risk of flooding when the rainy season is in full swing.