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As COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh surpass 1 million, the government is jumpstarting its vaccine rollout. Around 3% of the population has been fully vaccinated. So far, that doesn’t include the Rohingya.
The Rohingya people in Bangladesh are coping with the pandemic and other disasters in their community nearly four years after more than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee their homes and lives in Myanmar. They are still awaiting the time when they can safely return home.
Thank you for supporting them through the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund. Here’s a snapshot of how your donation is assisting Rohingya families and individuals living in refugee camps:
Curbing COVID-19 with care
Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s health facilities are serving Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and they haven’t closed for a single day—not even when the pandemic stretched their staff and resources thin.
The Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh include the largest and most densely populated camps in the world. Social distancing and accessing water is difficult there, making measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 even more critical.
Gonoshasthaya Kendra, which has been working with Rohingya refugees since 1992, distributed PPE early in the pandemic and continues to provide medical support at local health facilities. As one of the largest health providers in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, the nonprofit has, to date, cared for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.
Offering relief where and when it’s needed
Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh is responding to emergencies affecting Rohingya refugees with mobile medical teams.
Hope Foundation provides masks, soap, and other essentials for women and children, who make up the majority of the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar. And when a fire swept through the district earlier this year, killing 11 people and displacing more than 45,000 as it destroyed swaths of the refugee camps, the nonprofit’s mobile medical teams responded with emergency assistance and relief supplies for survivors.
As the Rohingya population continues to face uncertainty and strives to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, your contribution is fueling the local organizations that support them with emergency relief and ongoing care. Thank you for your generosity. We look forward to sharing more stories of how your donation is making a difference for the Rohingya.
Merinda + the GlobalGiving Team
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