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.