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UNFPA Rohingya Humanitarian Response: Monthly Situation Report - November 2017

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The Fastest Growing Humanitarian Crisis in the World

More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have poured into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since August 2017. The pace of new arrivals has made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, and the concentration of refugees is now amongst the densest globally. The Rohingya crisis is largely feminized. Over half of the refugees are women and girls – they are the focus of UNFPA’s humanitarian response.

Key Protection Challenges

  • At least 11 out of the 28 of collective sites have no Women Friendly Spaces (WFS)

  • Establishing safe entry points for women and girls to access life-saving gender-based violence (GBV) services is increasingly compromised by the rapid expansion of communal and congregational spaces for men

  • Overcrowding in the camps exacerbates many risks for women and girls, and limits humanitarian efforts to provide comprehensive protection services

  • Psychosocial services need to be improved and expanded

  • Basic infrastructure, such as WASH facilities, remain unavailable to many refugees

Key Health Challenges

  • Home births remain high

  • Insufficient access to basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, including referral services

  • No standardized outreach to ensure home visits to pregnant women, newborns and children take place routinely

  • Access to essential reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services remains a significant concern, especially in the new settlements and hardest-to-reach areas