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Bangladesh

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in an extremely precarious situation

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, we have hugely increased our operations in the country.

More than 745,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, following violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. 

Since the start of the crisis, we have treated more than 1.3 million patients in the Cox’s Bazar area.

“I first came to Cox’s Bazar in June 2017, at a time when thousands of Rohingya were already in Bangladesh from previous waves of targeted violence," says Arunn Jegan, emergency coordinator for MSF in Bangladesh.

"Two years on, there are now better roads, more latrines and clean water points in and around the camps. There is more sense of order. But conditions in the camps remain precarious and big questions about people’s futures are still unanswered."

Those arriving in Bangladesh have shared stories with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) about their villages being systematically raided and burnt by the Myanmar military.

Mob groups targetted the Rohingya, and women and children were raped and killed.

It is one of the largest displacements of people in recent memory, in such a short period of time.

Surveys conducted by MSF in refugee settlements in Bangladesh estimate that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar's Rakhine State between 25 August and 24 September 2017.

As 71.7 percent of the reported deaths were caused by violence, at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of five.

Our work in Dhaka

Our teams in Kamrangirchar, a slum area in Dhaka, continue to run reproductive healthcare services for girls and women, carrying out almost 12,000 antenatal consultations and assisting 760 deliveries in 2018.

We offer medical and psychological support to survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, conduc family planning consultations, and carry out individual mental health consultations with people of all ages.

As part of our occupational health programme, we provide medical consultations and tetanus vaccinations to people working in dangerous conditions in Kamrangirchar’s numerous small-scale factories.

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