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Rohingya Refugee Crisis - WHO Bangladesh Weekly Situation Report # 6, 6 December 2017

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 6 December 2017, the cumulative number of new arrivals in all sites was 626,000. This number includes over 343,000 arrivals in Kutupalong Balukhali expansion site, 237,000 in other camps and settlements, and 46 000 arrivals in host communities.

  • As of 6 December, 354,982 adolescents and children received measles and rubella vaccination. Rapid convenience assessments are being carried out in parallel to the campaign, and based on their results corrective actions will be taken.

  • More than 110 suspected cases of Diphtheria, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) as of 6 December. WHO is working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and partners to contain the spread of the highly infectious respiratory disease through effective treatment and adequate prevention.

  • WHO assisted for the facilitation of routine EPI basic training in Ukhiya and Teknaf. Training is underway for vaccinators in preparation for a vaccination campaign targeting all children up to 6 years with pentavalent (DPT-HepB-Hib) and pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against diphtheria and other diseases.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 26 November, there have been 1,622 new arrivals. As of 2 December, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 730,654 people through biometric registration.

Most site allocations are complete and partners have been informed where their facilities will be located. WHO coordinated the allocation of land for health facilities with the agencies in charge of site management.

Many Rohingya refugees are reported to have been physically and mentally traumatized by the violence, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Stress management and trauma counseling is much needed for the targeted population. Ensuring life-saving minimum initial service package (MISP) of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services is critical.

Communicable disease risks remain high due to crowded living conditions, inadequate water and sanitation (WASH) facilities and low vaccination coverage.