ROHINGYA IN BANGLADESH
MedGlobal’s most recent work has been in the refugee camps of Bangladesh serving the Rohingya community. Our volunteers have been on the ground since the beginning of this ethnic cleansing and we are sending weekly medical missions to give necessary aid to Rohingya refugees. Currently focusing on primary care, women's health, malnutrition, dehydration, infectious disease, and pediatrics.
Since October of 2017, MedGlobal, under the leadership of Dr. Hena Ibrahim, has been sending weekly teams of physicians, nurses and public health workers to provide free and sustainable medical care for the Rohingya refugees and underserved citizens of Bangladesh. Through our partnership with HOPE Foundation, a local NGO, MedGlobal has been able to:
- Provide a Western standard of medical care for approximately 100-250 patients per day (of which a third are children)
- Administer approximately $12,000 in lifesaving and disease-preventing medications each month
- Deliver urgent and primary care services including, IV hydration, nebulizer treatments, wound care, point of care testing and ultrasound diagnostics
- Distribute self-adjustable eyeglasses
- Collaborate with other local NGOs and government organizations in providing hospital level care, TB testing and referrals for orthopedic/surgical cases
Conducted in collaboration with HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh.
about the crisis
The scale of the Rohingya crisis has outpaced the international humanitarian community. This is a voiceless community currently experiencing an increase in attacks by the Burmese military in what the U.N. describes as textbook "ethnic cleansing." It is estimated that the refugee camps in Bangladesh are housing approximately 1 million displaced people including thousands of elderly, women and children. Conditions in the camps are poor and there is a significant need for medical aid and humanitarian assistance.
The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority from the Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma). They make up ~ 2% of the country's population. They have been systematically stripped off of their citizenship and basic human rights since 1977 when Myanmar launched the "Naga Min" operation. Racially motivated violence against the Rohingya had started even before this time. Since the 1977 Myanmar military action, over 1 million Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries in Asia, with a vast majority of them seeking shelter in an area known as Cox's Bazaar - a district in Bangladesh.
On August 25, 2017 the Rohingya Arsa militants attacked several police posts in Rakhine state. In response, the Myanmar military launched what it called a "clearance operation," which was essentially a pseudonym for ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. Since August of 2017, over 500,000 Rohingya women, children, and men have fled the Rakhine State region; 58% of these refugees have been children and close to 60% of the adult refugees have been women. Most Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs. Now, close to 800,000 refugees have set up camps in difficult terrains with little access to safe drinking water, food, shelter, or healthcare. The need for aid with this vastly growing humanitarian crisis has been overwhelming.