Bangladesh/Myanmar: Rakhine Conflict 2017

Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar: WHO

20 February 2018, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh -- Calling for continued efforts to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities, the World Health Organization today said six months after the start of the refugee crisis, the vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

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Nearly half a million children being vaccinated against diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar

14 January 2018, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475 000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.

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Diphtheria vaccination held in Cox’s Bazar schools

Diphtheria vaccination held in Cox’s Bazar schools

2 January 2018 Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh -- As schools reopened on 1st January after the winter break, children lined up to not only receive new books, but also a dose of diphtheria tetanus (DT) vaccine. WHO, UNICEF mobilized vaccinators and military nurses were vaccinating the children in Ukhia sub-district of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

12 December 2017, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

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Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

6 December 2017 | GENEVA - Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). "These cases could be just the tip of the iceberg. This is an extremely vulnerable population with low vaccination coverage, living in conditions that could be a breeding ground for infectious diseases like cholera, measles, rubella, and diphtheria," said Dr Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, WHO Representative to Bangladesh.

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

6 December 2017 | GENEVA - Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). "These cases could be just the tip of the iceberg. This is an extremely vulnerable population with low vaccination coverage, living in conditions that could be a breeding ground for infectious diseases like cholera, measles, rubella, and diphtheria," said Dr Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, WHO Representative to Bangladesh.




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