What you need to know today
Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) 15 Jan – A total of 655,500 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 07 January 2018)
BRAC’s total coverage (based on sanitation) is 550,200 people with installation of 14,005 latrines (20 today). BRAC ensures access to safe water for 421,104 people through 1,309 shallow tube wells, 170 deep tube wells and two functional ring wells. 4,306 bathing cubicles were set up (30 today); especially for women and adolescent girls. A total of 7,290 latrines have been de-sludged (282 today) and made functional for reusing. 1,080 latrines have been decommissioned. A total of 48,265 hygiene sessions have been conducted (786 today).766,276 patients (9,063 today) were provided with primary health care services through BRAC’s 10 primary health care centres and 50 satellite clinics. BRAC has identified 9,010 pregnant women and helped to deliver 522 babies so far (5 today). 97,548 cases of acute respiratory infections (1,626 today) have been diagnosed and treated. BRAC has provided 37,861 sachets of micronutrient powder (153 today) to help improve nutrition intake among children.
BRAC assisted the government in immunising 166,247 children during the campaign against diphtheria. BRAC’s Health workers helped identify 499 potential diphtheria cases and referred for further evaluation and management. Also, the health workers undertook the task of contact tracing for the diphtheria cases and chemoprophylaxis for more than 263 FDMN patients. 279 health workers and 1,129 program staff have been trained to handle diphtheria cases, and accordingly educated 37,200 people in the settlements on diphtheria (1,650 today).
214,407 blankets and 251,571 sets of clothes have been distributed; especially for the protection of children and elderly people against cold weather.
Some 39,237 children received recreational support (20,072 today) through 215 child friendly spaces (CFS).
21,000 children have access (19,138 today) to 200 learning centres and 400 teachers have been assigned to guide them.
Community mobilisation volunteers have visited 61,711 households to disseminate lifesaving messages on WaSH, health, nutrition and protection. 800 volunteers and 107 staff are involved in this awareness initiative.
The cost of environment degradation: To accommodate the FDMNs, trees were cut down and hills were cleared over an area of 6,000 acres of forest land. According to a study carried out by CPD (Centre of policy dialogue), deforestation to accommodated the new influx is equivalent to $86.7 million or BDT 741 crore.
Hesitant to return: While the repatriation process is discussed, many FDMNs expressed their reluctance towards returning to their own land. The uncertainty of being able to restore their basic rights with dignity is the leading cause behind their hesitance.
WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED MOST?
Shelter materials, such as high-quality tarpaulins; cold weather items, including blankets, floor mats, clothes for new born baby; fuel for stoves; water storage containers; and solar/flash lights.
What you need to know today