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In August 2017, over 700,000 ethnic Rohingya people from Myanmar fled their homes to escape a horrific wave of violence. Most of them fled to neighboring Bangladesh, where they joined hundreds of thousands already living in refugee camps in the country's south-eastern districts of Cox's Bazar and Bandarban. Neither the Government of Bangladesh nor the international community were prepared for what would become the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

Many of them suffered serious injuries and psychological trauma from their experiences and arrived with barely any possessions. They are in need of food, adequate healthcare and shelter as well as clean water. Hygiene and sanitary conditions inside the overcrowded camps are also very poor, meaning the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly are high, especially in the rainy season.

Malteser International is responding, but we need your help.

Your donation supports our work for better health conditions in the refugee camps

Our work in the refugee camps mainly focuses on the areas of mother-child health, hygiene, nutrition and psycho-social counselling. We offer basic medical services in two health centres that reach around 20,000 people. We are in close contact with the health authorities in Bangladesh and can transfer difficult cases to nearby clinics if necessary. To stem the spread of diseases we also conduct health and hygiene training.

In the area of nutrition, we focus on identifying undernourished or malnourished pregnant or breastfeeding women and children up to the age of 5 years and treat them with supplementary nutrition. With this programme we reach around 10,800 mothers and children. Serious cases of malnutrition are referred to the nearest central care centre.

Malteser International is active in the refugee camps focusing on healthcare and provides healthy nutrition for mothers, infants and the elderly. 

  • We have opened two basic healthcare centers with emphasis on infant and maternal healthcare to serve around 20,000 people inside the camp.
  • We are in close contact with health authorities in Bangladesh and are able to refer emergency cases to nearby clinics.
  • We organize trainings on good health and hygiene to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • We are identifying and screening expectant or nursing mothers and children between six and 59 months of age for malnutrition or undernourishment and provide identified children and women with supplementary nutrition. We have reached over 10,800 mothers and children.
  • We provide psychosocial support for traumatized persons.

#WomenHumanitarians - "Service above self, doing good, and showing kindness"

Even in her young years, humanitarian aid was a matter close to Habiba Mohamed’s heart. The 35-year-old native of Nairobi, Kenya joined Malteser International in 2018 as Health And Nutrition Coordinator in Bangladesh, and is helping to ensure medical care for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar. In this interview, she talks about her experiences as a female humanitarian worker on the frontlines in a career that has seen her respond to emergencies in multiple countries.

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Rohinga: ''I only survived because I was left for dead''

Yasin Sadak* still feels pain from the gunshot wounds on his forearm and hand. The wounds are a reminder of a horrific experience that would remain with him for a long time. He remembers the fateful night in August 2017, when he was shot while running away from armed men who had attacked his village in northwestern Myanmar.

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Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are one of the many ethnic minorities in Myanmar. The vast majority are Muslim living in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. They have been called the "world's most persecuted minority". Find out why.

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Rajuma's story

Rajuma is only 30 years old, but has endured the most unimaginable horrors. During brutal attacks in Myanmar, Rajuma lost everyone in her family, except one of her five children.

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Life in a refugee camp

How does everyday life look like in a refugee camp? How is life organized in the biggest refugee camp worldwide? Insights into life in the "mega camp" Cox's Bazar. 

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Project data

Our work in Bangladesh

Project region:
Cox's Bazar

The German Relief Coalition (Aktion Deutschland Hilft - ADH),
German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)

Coast Trust,
Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK)

Maren Paech

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