IOM has been providing on-the-ground humanitarian support to the ethnic Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) since 2014. When violence in Myanmar intensified this past August, more than 600,000 people fled and crossed into Bangladesh. Right now, nearly one million Rohingya are struggling to survive in Cox’s Bazar.
IOM leads the Rohingya Refugee Crisis response, coordinating the various humanitarian agencies on the ground, where monsoon rains and flooding, poor road networks, and insufficient drainage in the region continue to make it difficult to reach new arrivals with urgent humanitarian aid.
IOM’s response in Bangladesh includes:
Site Management and Development
IOM works to ensure that the Rohingya people are provided with help as quickly as possible, and that other humanitarian agencies can access emergency sites. We are clearing and levelling land, improving pedestrian access, providing basic drainage and handling sandbag reinforcement.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
IOM supports the Rohingya and affected populations in Bangladesh with WASH services, which include access to clean water, hygiene kits, and emergency latrines.
Shelter and Essential Items
IOM provides shelter supplies like tarps and emergency shelter kits to offer displaced families dignity, security, and privacy.
IOM responds to the healthcare needs of both the Rohingya and impacted communities in Bangladesh. We are also integrating nutrition services in clinics targeted to ensure that children do not suffer from malnutrition.
Meeting urgent protection needs is crucial to the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in emergency situations. As women and children remain the most at-risk of experiencing gender-based violence and human trafficking, IOM is working to construct safe spaces in Leda, Kutupalong, and Shamlapur for their protection.