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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Weekly Situation Report #25, 10 May 2018

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • From 8 November 2017, a total 6 860 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported. Cases continue to be reported amongst children aged 5-14 years.

  • About 985 000 people are being targeted in the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign that commenced on 6 May 2018 including 135 000 from the host community. Over 464 000 people have been vaccinated by day four.

  • According to Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS), in 2018, acute respiratory infections and AWD are the two leading syndromes with highest proportional morbidity of 11.8% and 5.4%, respectively. Both diseases and mosquito-borne diseases are at risk of causing severe outbreaks during monsoons and are being monitored by WHO team.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 693 000 Rohingya have crossed over from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, joining approximately 212 500 others who had fled in earlier waves of displacement. There have been 7 885 new arrivals since January 2018.

  • Over 100 partners are operating 270 health facilities of different types. Approximately 900 hospital beds are available to the people in need, of which 290 are in government run facilities. The health sector is working with the government and continuously monitors what services are available and where to ensure population coverage. Lack of resources means that sustaining health services meeting minimum standards remains a significant challenge.

  • The health sector has received 6.3% of the US$113.1 million requested through Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan 2018 (https://fts.unocha.org/appeals/656/summary as of 9 May 2018). Additional funding is required to cater for the health needs of the Rohingya community.