Jakia receives treatment at our health facility.
Four years after the massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, amid a global pandemic, nearly one million people remain stranded in Cox's Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world.
With your help, Save the Children has been providing essential services to nearly 600,000 Rohingya refugees and the local community since 2017. Our 1,715 staff and volunteers continue with life-saving work in camps and host communities, thanks in part to your generosity. Here are summaries of work they have performed in recent months.
Responding to COVID-19
Cox’s Bazar is one of the hot spots in Bangladesh for COVID-19 transmission because of the high population density in camps and the challenges of maintaining social distancing. We and other organizations are better prepared to respond to COVID-19 than in 2020, given our investment in widespread community health prevention strategies as well as specialized health facilities to identify, isolate and treat patients with COVID-19.
We remain a leading healthcare provider in camps, running 8 health posts and a 24/7 primary care facility in addition to our COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment center. Facilities serve refugees and people in host communities. At all facilities, we also offer mental health and psychological support to help refugees who experienced the trauma of fleeing Myanmar and are faced with the stress of living a day-to-day existence in camps, and to people from host communities.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Clean water and hygiene keep children and families healthy and reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Our teams continuously repair and maintain a large network of latrines, bathing stations, water wells and water supply systems. This includes the very necessary but unenviable work of “de-sludging” latrine pits so they can continue to be used. New facilities are constructed as needed.
Now that the government has announced all schools in Bangladesh can reopen, we are reopening our temporary learning centers in camps in a phased manner across school grades.
While the pandemic forced the suspension of some of our protection work, social workers and volunteers support and follow up on especially vulnerable children in camps and host communities. We provide psychological support through home-based visits rather than having groups of children attend our child-friendly spaces.
Food and Nutrition
Each month, we provide food commodities and fresh vegetables; we also distribute cash vouchers so families can choose for themselves which foods they purchase. Providing cash vouchers is more efficient than food distributions, and supports markets in camps and the livelihoods of those who run them. Our nutrition services – screenings for malnutrition, a supplemental feeding program and individual counselling on infant and young child feeding for pregnant women and nursing mothers – continued with limited staff due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Your support of the Child Refugee Crisis Fund helps make our lifeline of support possible. Thank you again for standing by us and by the side of children and their families.
*All names have been changed for privacy and protection reasons
Banna received a wheelchair from Save the Children