Humanitarian Health Action

Bangladesh/Myanmar: Rakhine Conflict 2017

Since 25 August more than 500 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar. To address the health needs of this vulnerable population WHO is providing governments to Bangladesh and Myanmar essential drugs and medical supplies, cholera kits, emergency medical kits and water purification tablets.

900 000 vaccines “en route” to Cox’s Bazar to prevent cholera

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 29 September 2017 – The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision will release 900,000 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of cholera among recently arrived vulnerable populations and host communities in areas around Cox’s Bazar.

WHO started prepositioning of medical supplies in Cox’s Bazar

WHO supports the Government of Bangladesh to address the essential health needs of newly arrived vulnerable groups from Myanmar by prepositioning cholera kits, water purification tablets, emergency medical kits and by providing surgical kits. Urgent interventions are needed by government and partners to improve access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion to prevent a cholera outbreak. WHO has prepositioned in Cox’s Bazar cholera kits that can treat 50 000 cases and additional complementary supplies are on the way for efficiently addressing any outbreak. In addition, WHO has prepositioned 2 000 000 water purification tablets in Cox’s Bazar and 1 000 000 in Chittagong.

WHO sets up health monitoring, early warning alert in Cox’s Bazar

To monitor health issues affecting the over 422 000 people in camps and settlements in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, WHO has set up a Control Room as part of the humanitarian health response. “The Control Room will help strengthen disease surveillance system and daily reporting of morbidity and mortality.

WHO mounts high-impact health response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

These are some of the priority health needs of the more than 420 000 vulnerable people who have sought refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh after fleeing their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state beginning late August. Over 388 000 of them – mostly women, children and the elderly – now reside in a series of makeshift and spontaneous settlements wedged between the Bay of Bengal and the swollen Naf river.

Providing critical support for health services delivery in Cox’s Bazar

World Health Organization has released a first tranche of emergency funding from the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) to mobilize essential medicines and support mobile medical teams provide life-saving health care to vulnerable populations in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area.

Responding to health needs of vulnerable population

To address health needs of the nearly 400 000 vulnerable population who have crossed borders, WHO is providing governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar essential drugs and medical supplies, cholera kits, emergency medical kits and water purification tablets. WHO is coordinating with partners for measles, polio and routine vaccination of children; and is setting up disease surveillance in places where these vulnerable populations are staying.

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