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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Weekly Situation Report #52, 22 November 2018

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Key Highlights

  • EWARS refresher training began on 18 November and will conduct 6 sessions ending on 29 November. The aim is to improve the quality of EWARS reporting.

  • The IEDCR field laboratory has been upgraded with Molecular testing for Dengue/Chikungunya/Zika triplex RT‐PCR and Influenza RT‐PCR assay.

  • The fourth round of oral cholera campaign was launched on 17 November 2018 under the leadership of DGHS in collaboration WHO, UNICEF and other health sector partners.

Situation Overview

There are an estimated 921 000 Rohingya refugees (215 796 families) in Cox’s Bazar, according to the latest Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) round 12 exercise. The Rohingya refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh, though the overall influx has slowed since the onset of the crisis in late August 2017.

From 1 January‐15 September 2018, UNHCR has recorded 13 764 new arrivals to Bangladesh.