MNA Exclusive Desk: International Organization for Migration (IOM) now runs 13 health posts and one primary healthcare centre for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar as the UN migration agency has scaled up its operations.
The IOM has been providing healthcare to Rohingyas and local Bangladeshis living in Cox’s Bazar since 2013, reported news agency.
It also supports nine government health facilities and works with over 350 community health workers – making it one of the largest health responders on the ground.
IOM is harnessing solar energy to power its remote health posts in Cox’s Bazar’s giant Kutupalong and Balukali makeshift settlements, which are now home to an estimated 500,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 620,000 refugees to flee to Bangladesh since August 25th, bringing the total number of people seeking safety in the Cox’s Bazar settlements to over 833,000.
Many of the new arrivals and those already living in the settlements, as well as local communities, are desperately in need of healthcare.
Prior to the latest influx of refugees, IOM coordinated the work of agencies working in the health sector, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.