ActionAid is coordinating response in Kutupalong-Balukhali, the world's largest refugee camp. We provide safe spaces for women and girls, food, emergency shelter, clean water, hygiene kits, and toilets, reaching more than 73,000 refugees. Our approach is all about supporting local leadership, women's rights, and advocacy for solutions to the crisis.
In August 2017, the world's attention was drawn to the Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Over 700,000 people made the long and dangerous journey on foot to Cox's Bazar, which became the largest refugee camp in the world. We know that women and children are hit hardest by emergencies. That's why we support women to take the lead in making sure the basic needs of their families and communities are met.
We support Rohingya refugee women to keep each other safe by forming community watch groups and women's safe spaces. Women can go to these safe spaces to report sexual violence and get medical care. And over 40,000 dignity kits have been given to women and young girls that include bathroom essentials such, as sanitary products and soap, and a solar lantern so they may go to the restroom at night safely. Women take the lead with handing out dignity kits and food packages to Rohingya families.
Alongside this rapid response, we're advocating for the rights of Rohingya refugees, supporting their demands for justice and a safe and voluntary return. ActionAid has been working in Myanmar since 2001 and is committed to supporting the Rohingya people for years to come.