Rushing to Bangladesh to Deliver Urgent Medical Care
At the end of August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees poured into Bangladesh in less than a month. They were forced to flee Myanmar after surviving massacres and witnessing their villages burned. In a matter of days after the forced migration began, Medical Teams volunteer doctors and nurses deployed to Bangladesh. These volunteers, partnering with local staff and organizations on the ground, set up emergency health facilities to treat everything from diarrhea to respiratory infections to gunshot wounds.
Rohingya families endure horrible conditions in the refugee camps. There are now close to a million refugees living in tents, hastily constructed side-by-side on crowded, muddy hillsides. Clean water and sanitation are scarce, and monsoon rains easily send dirty water rushing throughout the camp. Disease can – and does – spread quickly. This threat has never been more apparent than with the spread of COVID-19.
Your support has enabled our work to spread quickly too. We now support several health facilities in Kutupalong refugee camp – one of which is an isolation unit for COVID-19 patients. Volunteers provide hands-on training in Medical Teams clinics. Together with national clinical staff, they work to improve health services for Rohingya refugees. They focus on treating mothers and children suffering from infectious diseases. An organized screening system ensures people quickly receive the care they need. We also refer patients to specialized clinics when they require more complex care.Rohingya Refugee Crisis FAQs
Training Refugees as Community Health Workers
To care for those who are unable to reach our health clinics, we’ve built a network of trained refugee volunteers to seek out their sick neighbors and refer them to care. These Community Health Workers go tent-to-tent teaching about hygiene and disease. They tell pregnant women how to keep themselves and their newborns healthy. Their dedication to spreading these messages within their own communities prevents needless suffering and death.
When COVID-19 began to spread, Community Health Workers shared messages about how to prevent infection. They also explained the symptoms and when to seek emergency care. Every day, they meet with families, making sure they know when and where to get life-saving help.
Caring for the Whole Person
Your support brings critical health care to Rohingya refugees. And it does more than that. Our team cares about the whole person. Often that means sitting with mothers, fathers, and grandparents through their emotional pain as we treat their physical pain. Offering comfort and compassion amid grief and loss.Volunteer Opportunities