Since August 2017, more than 800,000 Rohingya people have fled horrific violence in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma), seeking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Hundreds of thousands of women, men and children are living in tents and makeshift shelters in overcrowded refugee camps, with food and medical care in short supply.
When disasters strike, people with disabilities are often among the worst affected and the last to receive help. We are working with our long-term partner, Bangladesh’s Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), to support some of the most vulnerable people living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar.
Our medical camp treats around 100 patients a day, providing rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and counselling services. As people with disabilities are often unable to leave their shelters, teams go from tent to tent seeking out people in need of support, and delivering health care and counselling through mobile clinics and home visits.
As of February 2019, we have reached 21,631 people with disabilities:
- 17,594 people have received health services
- 7,203 people have received physiotherapy or occupational therapy
- 4,520 people have received an eye assessment
- 2,467 people have received hearing assessment
- 1,849 assistive devices have been distributed
- 2,939 people have received psychosocial support (PSS)
- 160 people from different mainstream organisations have been trained on disability and inclusive humanitarian action