Save the Children to give primary health care support for Rohingya people

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Save the Children to give primary health care support for 165,000 Rohingya people including children, pregnant women and adolescent girls

Dhaka, 25 September 2017: Save the Children in Bangladesh in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is going to set up nine mobile emergency health care support teams to give primary health care support to 165,000 displaced Rohingya people among which 75,000 are children under five years and 42,000 are pregnant and lactating women and the rest are adolescent girls.

The teams will spread over the make shift camps at Balukhali, Kutupalong, Leda, Shamlapur, Hakimpara, Mainnerghoma, Burma Para/Tasnimarkhola, and Jamotoli/Thangkhali, providing infant and young child feeding and Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition among infants. It will also provide mental health and psychosocial care support service and essential newborn care.

Rohingya children, currently sheltered at different makeshift camps, are suffering from different diseases, like diarrhea and fever, and if countermeasures are not taken quickly, there may be a major disease outbreak. “We are seriously concerned about the children and pregnant women and their grave health risks, and because of lack of sufficient health care services, they may have acute and chronic health effects. Save the Children is trying to provide the basic primary health care support within its capacity,” said the Health Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh.

Since August 25, almost 430,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh including about quarter of a million children. The aid agency is present in Cox’s Bazar and working with the government to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced children and Rohingya people.

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