Rohingya refugee crisis leads to concerns about disease outbreak in Bangladesh

A refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in 2011. Photo by: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

Over 440,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh in the last month from Myanmar’s Rakhine state because of brutal and targeted violence. The rapid influx of refugees, many of whom had not been allowed access to medical care and thus not fully vaccinated, is creating a high risk environment for disease outbreak. Monsoon rains, makeshift settlements, lack of food, clean water and latrines and limited road access are contributing to disease outbreak concern. World Health Organization mobile health teams and other health care officials are preparing funds, deploying teams and delivering supplies to address the disease outbreak concern. Read more about the Rohingya refugees here.