Of the more than 501,000 people that are estimated to have crossed the border into Cox’s Bazar, around 60 percent are children. With so many children affected, it is essential that basic education services are established as soon as possible.
Most new refugee arrivals in makeshift settlements and spontaneous sites need immediate food assistance. The majority are without any food supplies and are dependent on humanitarian distributions, which is still being scaled up particularly in new spontaneous sites, or on what is provided by other refugees already present in Cox’s Bazar and by the local host community.
The sudden and massive influx of new arrivals has created an urgent need for massive scale-up of health services and support for an already vulnerable population. For those that have fled, significant health effects are being seen in terms of their physical, mental and social well-being.
Due to the massive population increase following the influx of Rohingya refugees into Cox’s Bazar, WASH facilities in settlements are under immense strain. In spontaneous settlements, there is limited access to water and sanitation facilities, increasing the risk of an outbreak of disease. Across all sites, poor sanitation conditions pose a serious public health hazard.