Bangladesh + 1 more

WHO Rohingya Crisis - Donor Alert, April 2018



1.3 million people in need of health assistance

US$ 146 million Health sector requirements under the 2018 Joint Response Plan

US$ 16.5 million Required by WHO for its health response in Cox’s Bazar

Without a rapid comprehensive health response, there will be massive loss of life during monsoon

WHO and partners are working around the clock to provide life-saving health services, including vaccinations, to the nearly 1.3 million people living in the camps/settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (nearly one million new and old Rohingya arrivals and 300 000 people in the host communities).

During the past six months, WHO and its partners including the Government and humanitarian agencies have averted a major disease outbreak. However, the imminent and unavoidable monsoon season presents significant risks of flooding and landslides which may lead to disease outbreaks, and mass casualties, as well as a sharp increase in the number of maternal and newborn deaths. There is an urgent need for investment in preparedness measures to avert a future health catastrophe.

Key achievements to date

  • Coordination of the Health Sector with over 100 partners

  • Established Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) in 155 health facilities: over 84% of total Rohingya population covered

  • Led the planning and roll-out of 7 mass immunization campaigns, including one of the world’s largest Oral Cholera Vaccination campaigns

  • Provided 125 tons of essential medicines, supplies and equipment

  • Conducted infection, prevention and control and WASH surveys in 194 out-patient and primary health care facilities

  • Provided timely information and mapping on health service availability

  • Supported 4 rounds of water quality surveillance and sanitary inspection

  • Procurement of essential psychiatric medicines and conducted mental health training for non-specialists working in Cox’s Bazar

  • Drafted and coordinated the Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan