The World Health Organisation (WHO)  and international NGO partners have rolled out a help appeal to international community for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis t0 help with the urgent needs for survival of more than 9,00,000 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.

The stateless Rohingya refugees who fled from their homeland in Myanmar after ethnic cleansing drives conducted by the Burmese military – took refuge in neighbouring country of Bangladesh. While Bangladesh generously opened the doors for Rohingya refugees, lakhs and lakhs of families flocking in the tiny country has caused major humanitarian crisis in the host nation. Taking account of the situation, World Health Organisation (WHO)  and international NGO partners have rolled out a help appeal to international community for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis which will help 9,00,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organization South-East Asia The UN also said, “This is one of the biggest humanitarian crisis in recent times. No single agency or the Government of Bangladesh alone can meet the massive health needs of such a large population group. The Rohingya population are settled in an area that is prone to cyclone, and a terrain that would be flooded as soon as rains begin. The risk of outbreak of life threatening water and vector borne diseases under such conditions is huge.” The appeal also said that it will also be applied to more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis who are among the communities hosting the Rohingya refugees and are in similar circumstances.

Coordinating the work of over a 100 partners on the ground along with the Ministry of Health, WHO has facilitated the contingency plan for the rainy season and coordinated a simulation around it. The plan aims at the continuity of health services during rains and floods to minimize the risk of disease and deaths among the affected population. All 207 health facilities in the area have been assessed for vulnerability during rains, following which nearly 25% of them are being relocated. Another cholera and measles vaccination campaign is being planned in April as a preventive measure for the vulnerable population. Earlier, 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine were administered to the refugees and their host communities, in addition to two vaccination campaigns for measles and three for diphtheria which concluded earlier this week with WHO support.

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