UMR works with its partner IMANA to provide ambulatory medical care to Rohingya refugees seeking safety in Cox’s Bazar-currently the largest refugee camp in the world. We are one of the very few medical teams authorized by the Bangladeshi government, which allows us to treat young children who would otherwise suffer from easily preventable diseases such as the flu which are lethal in camp settings. We coordinate with Bangladeshi NGOs for medical staff and logistics support to gain access to the internal parts of the camp. This project is coordinated in conjunction with UN health cluster meetings and volunteers physicians contracted through IMANA.
This project has been running since 2017 and has served hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is home to more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees who were forced to flee their home due to a violent government crackdown in Myanmar in 2017. This area is more densely populated than some of the largest cities in the world, and the majority of the refugees living there lack access to healthcare, proper sanitation, and decent living conditions. With the onset of COVID-19, experts are predicting that:
This pandemic could set Bangladesh back by decades.
Families live with up to 10 people in one room in sweltering heat, making social distancing impossible. With numbers upward of 19,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Bangladesh, it is only a matter of time before it spreads throughout the entire camp.
“On top of overcrowding, many refugees, who fled persecution in Myanmar, have underlying health conditions or have not received standard immunizations,” putting them at an even higher risk for contracting COVID-19.