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RESPONDING TO THE URGENT NEEDS OF ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Today, more than 800,000 people, most of them women and children, have fled violence and are now trying to survive the disastrous, overcrowded conditions of makeshift camps in the hills of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Since the end of August 2017, the increase in violence by the Burmese army against the Muslim Rohingya minority living in Rakhine State in eastern Myanmar has pushed more than 603,000 people, more than 80% women and children, to take refuge across the Bangladesh border. More than 22,000 people per day cross the border, resulting in an acute humanitarian and health crisis, and unprecedented human tragedy

This influx of people only adds to the tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have been in this Bangladesh region for several decades. Today, more than 800,000 people are trying to support themselves in the deplorable conditions of these overcrowded makeshift camps in the hills of Cox’s Bazar. The needs of these victims of systematic discrimination and violence are immense: difficult access to food and water, makeshift shelters unsuited to the needs of families, inadequate sanitation and sanitary structures, no access to medical or psychological care, just to name a few. Without swift action from the international community and humanitarian organizations, the situation of Rohingya refugees is likely to worsen.

Faced with the magnitude of this disaster, Doctors of the World responded early at the start of the crisis to work with local partners:

  •  Primary health services for families
  • Maternal health services for pregnancy monitoring and safe deliveries.
  • Psychosocial services for traumatized people, including victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

Today, more than 700 patients a day come to seek treatment in clinics supported by Doctors of the World.

Your support is needed to alleviate the plight of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

Published on 06/11/2017

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