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DCH Trust - Emergency Health Response for Rohingya People

Location

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Timeline

September 2017 - ongoing

Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCH Trust), Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) & Community Initiative Society (CIS) Team jointly responding Rohingya crisis to providing life-saving healthcare to the vulnerable population and nutritional food to the children and pregnant women. We have established 3 Health Centers at Camp 14, Camp 15 and Camp 19 of Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar district where more than 1 million Rohingya Refugee are living.

 

Basic services that were available prior to the influx are under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area. Rohingya refugees crossing to Cox’s Bazar are arriving with many health needs such as physical injuries treatment including gunshot wounds and burns, prevention and treatment of communicable diseases, antenatal care, emergency obstetric care services, reproductive health and reproductive health, and GBV case management including clinical management of rape. The majority of the people, 65 per cent, who have crossed since 25 August, are women and girls. It is estimated that among the 75,000 newly arrived pregnant women, 15 percent will experience complications related to pregnancy requiring emergency obstetric care. Women have also reported high rates of gender-based violence, including incidents of sexual abuse and violence.

 

In view of the current situation is still very fluid, DCH Trust established Mother and Child Health Care Centres as well as continue to focus on primary healthcare in collaboration with Peace Wind Japan (PWJ) at Camp 14 & 19 and with MERCY Malaysia at Camp 15. We are providing Maternity health care including Safe Delivery, ANC and PNC services at the Health Center, Mother and child nutritional needs with complementary nutritional supplements, Public Health Campaign, Basic pathological services and Family planning including awareness training and contraceptive supply.

 

On 1st February 2019, DCH Trust in collaboration with MERCY Malaysia organize opening ceremony of Jamtoli Health Center. Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Her Excellency Nur Asikin said In her opening speech, “We find it unacceptable that the Rohingyas are now stateless, with no country to call their own. The worse affected are surely the children, who cannot stop their childhood or growth and development until the conflict is resolved,” she said, commending all the parties who had contributed to the successful building and running of the new centre.