Monsoon floods 2017
Following floods in northern and central Bangladesh, over 500 health facilities have been damaged. Immediate needs include bleaching powder, cholera saline, water purifying tablets, anti-snake venom and other emergency drugs. There is a need to enhance disease surveillance and health promotion activities. Reproductive healthcare services, immunisation, mental and psychological health services are also not sufficiently available. ?
Rohingya refugee crisis
Newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong division, need healthcare services, including psychosocial support.? As of 26 September, Bangladeshi health authorities had reported over 5,000 cases of diarrhoea, nearly 11,000 cases of respiratory problems, and 3,500 cases of skin diseases among newly arrived refugees.? According to IOM, in over half of sites it assessed health facilities were not available, or at over 30 minutes distance.? Needs of emergency and basic health care services are increasing, and more personnel is required.? Clinics have seen increases of up to 40-50% in the number of patients, some of whom are seriously wounded. The rapid depletion of contingency stocks are of concern, given the steady influx.?Between 25 August and 17 September, MSF clinics received more than 9,600 outpatients, 3,300 emergency room patients, 427 inpatients, 225 patients with violence-related injuries, and 23 cases of sexual violence. There is a need for vaccinations to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, especially cholera and measles, as well as disease surveillance. Access to healthcare is also hampered because refugees fear being arrested for a lack of documentation.?? Three cases of measles were reported in late September.?