Rohingya Response

The years 2017-2018, we witnessed a humanitarian crisis of staggering scale caused by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state which forced over 800,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh. Of the almost million people seeking refuge in Cox’s Bazar, the vast majority consisted women (including pregnant and lactating women with new born babies) and families with children in very poor health conditions.

SAJIDA Foundation, with decades of expertise in development work, particularly in the health sector, responded immediately and was among the first responders on the scene. With the support of national and international donors, SAJIDA set up a makeshift health camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar by October 4, 2017 to extend emergency health services, focusing particularly on pregnant women, lactating mothers and children. SAJIDA mobilized a team of qualified doctors, paramedics and health workers – specially selected on their ability to communicate in the local dialect – to provide health services including medicine, consultations, emergency treatments and referrals for up to 200 patients a day.

Total patient received primary health care

Lactating women and infants received PNC services

Family planning services and counselling

Health Needs Met

Doctor Consultation Provided45,938
Free Drug Distribution40,000
Referred For Advanced Treatment1,393
Health Services Provided Through Satellite Clinics3,000

Community Awareness and Nutrition Activities

Health Promotion and Literacy Activities1,200
Nutrient Supplement Provided800
Psychosocial Counselling Provided1,200

Total Households Covered

Total Beneficiaries Served

What Our Health Clinic Provides

Health Centre

With approval from the Civil Surgeon and the respective Army In-charge in Balukhali, the Health Centre started operations from the 4th of October 2017. Primary health care, medication, counselling and nutrition awareness mostly to children and women was provided. The provision of immediate resuscitation support for emergency cases is also available.

Ambulance Support for Emergency Case Referral

Ambulance support was provided for emergency patient referrals. SAJIDA’s community health workers known as “SAJIDA Bondhus” directly referred patients from community to SAJIDA health centres, GoB or other NGO facilities. Also, the health centre referred emergency patients to Ukhia Health Complex and other facilities like MSF and Ad-Din.

Psychosocial Support

SAJIDA’s Psychosocial Support Team assessed trauma history at a community level, and provided need-based mental health first aid and need-based psychosocial counselling supports.

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Community Level Supports

SAJIDA Bondhus, with ability to speak in local dialect and communicate effectively, visited shelters in the targeted location, identifying pregnant women, lactating mothers, sick children and referred them to SAJIDA’s health centre, mobile camps, or other facilities.

Referral Supports

SAJIDA has developed a strong network for referral with Concern, WFP, UNICEF, etc. for nutritious food; pregnant women with GoB, Red Crescent Hospital, BRAC, MSF, Ad-Din and other NGOs for lactating mothers and children having malnutrition, delivery services for pregnant mothers; suspected TB and Malaria cases with BRAC for testing. Women and children were also linked with women and child friendly space of Action Aid and BRAC.

Child-Friendly Space for Children

SAJIDA also created a child-friendly space for children equipped with toys, games, coloring books and other positively engaging activities to help children cope with trauma. SAJIDA’s health centre is also equipped with a hospital bed and emergency resuscitation, oxygen inhalation and nebulization support. SAJIDA has also welcomed international doctors and social workers to provide trainings, workshops and health support at the health camp.

The year 2017, we witnessed a humanitarian crisis of staggering scale caused by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state which forced over 536,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh. Of the half a million people seeking refuge in Cox’s Bazar, the vast majority consisted women (including pregnant and lactating women with new born babies) and families with children in very poor health conditions.

SAJIDA Foundation, with decades of expertise in development work, particularly in the health sector, responded immediately by visiting the site and conducting a needs assessment on the ground. With the support of national and international donors, SAJIDA set up a makeshift health camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar by October 4, 2017 to extend emergency health services, focusing particularly on pregnant women, lactating mothers and children. SAJIDA mobilized a team of qualified doctors, paramedics and health workers – specially selected on their ability to communicate in the local dialect – to provide health services including medicine, consultations, emergency treatments and referrals for up to 200 patients a day.

As of December 15, 2017, our Community Health Workers, known as SAJIDA Bondhus, reached 63,091 people through household visits; while our health camp provided health services to 14,603 patients and conducted emergency referrals for 372 patients.

SAJIDA also created a child-friendly space for children equipped with toys, games, coloring books and other positively engaging activities to help children cope with trauma. SAJIDA’s health center is also equipped with a hospital bed and emergency resuscitation, oxygen inhalation and nebulization support. SAJIDA has also welcomed international doctors and social workers to provide trainings, workshops and health support at the health camp.

We are grateful to all those who stepped forward to support our humanitarian work for the Rohingya community in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar.

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