Cholera Vaccination Campaign Launched in Rohingya Refugee Camps and Host Community

Starting December 9th, a cholera vaccination campaign will aim to vaccinate over 635,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host community members at the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and nearby areas. The Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign will last 3 weeks and seeks to protect 139,888 Rohingya between 1-5 years old and 495,197 host community members.

The Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign will be implemented for 3 weeks in Rohingya refugee camps and the host community (Source: WHO Bangladesh).

The campaign is being led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other partners. It is being financed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Over 4300 volunteers, including Community Health Workers, will go house to house to vaccinate against cholera.

Along with the immunization campaign, efforts are being made to prevent cholera by improving access to clean water and sanitation and promoting good hygiene. Both efforts are important to control the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases. The WHO supports the monitoring of water quality and improving the capacity of laboratories under the Department of Public Health Engineering.

The WHO and UNICEF both have medical supplies that can be distributed quickly if needed to respond to any cholera outbreak.

Read more on the WHO website.