Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Ongoing Mission

Country Facts

  • Over 1.3 million Rohingya refugees are currently residing in Bangladesh after suffering genocide and persecution in Myanmar since the 1990’s
  • Over 60% are children
  • Since August 2017, over 800,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh

MedGlobal's Response

  • Partner with OBAT Helpers
  • Send weekly Medical Providers to service over 1,200 patients per week
  • In 2019, we served 59,052 patients; 12,309 were children 5 years old or less
  • In 2019, we sent 99 volunteers to Bangladesh
  • As of December 2019, we have served over 100,000 beneficiaries
  • $5 million donated in life-saving medical supplies

Helping Babies

1 in 10 newborns needs help breathing after birth. Helping Babies Breathe is an internationally recognized program aimed at reducing infant mortality by providing life-saving measures within the first minute of birth – the “Golden Minute.” 

MedGlobal, in partnership with UNFPA, will provide training to local medical professionals in Bangladesh on Helping Babies Breathe. The course will help birth attendants develop knowledge and skills that they can utilize within the first minutes of life, including identification of a baby in danger and administration of life-saving measures. Part of the training will teach participants to become Helping Babies Breathe Trainers. 



Since August 2017, over 742,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The vast majority of this population are female, of whom 15.5% are pregnant/lactating and nearly 40% are under 12 years old. Epidemics of diseases include Diphtheria, Measles, Cholera, Varicella, and Hepatitis which continue to pose a risk to the refugee population.

Since October 2017, MedGlobal has worked in partnership with various organizations such as Hope Foundation and OBAT Helpers to serve more than 110,000 Rohingya beneficiaries.  Our field staff on the ground along with over 84 volunteers from 10 different countries have provided medical care with a focus on maternal-child health, NCD (non-communicable diseases), sexual and reproductive health, mental and dental health. 

MedGlobal has also established training programs, in particular, a Helping Babies Breathe training course for local medical professionals in partnership with UNFPA. This course helps birth attendants develop skills that they can utilize within the first minutes of life, including identification of a baby in danger and administration of life-saving measures. As of December 2019, MedGlobal has served over 100,000 beneficiaries in Cox’s Bazar.


On August 25, 2017, several police posts in Rakhine state were attacked. 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 800,000 Rohingya women, children, and men have fled the Rakhine State region.Most Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs. Now, over to 1.3 million 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.


We are currently sending weekly teams of 4-8 medical personnel to the MedGlobal clinic in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. We are working in partnership with OBAT Helpers to provide Medical Professionals to service their clinic in Camp 4 Kutupalong Refugee camp.

The clinic currently sees close to 2000 Rohingya patients per week providing primary care, emergency, free medications and referrals. We are also working closely with OBAT Helpers to establish training programs for the local and refugee populations.


We are currently sending weekly teams of 4-8 medical personnel to the MedGlobal clinic in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. We are recruiting medical professionals who can work in a Primary Care setting with preference for the following:

Specialties Needed:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • General Practitioner
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Paramedics
  • Specialties
  • OB-GYN
  • Emergency Room
  • Infectious Disease

    Any other specialists will be considered in the application process but should be ready to work in a Primary Care capacity if selected. Volunteers must commit to a minimum stay of 7 days. We recommend longer deployments if possible

    Time Commitment:
    1 week minimum

    Dates: Ongoing 2019
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