07 October 2020

Preparation and Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 threat became apparent in the spring of 2020, UNICEF and its partners took numerous preventive and precautionary measures to minimize the risks for Rohingya and Bangladeshi children and families, while ensuring that critical activities continue to the maximum extent possible including risk communication and community engagement,…, Hygiene Promotion, UNICEF is stepping up regular hygiene promotion activities in the camps, ensuring safe water, sanitation and soap supplies are readily available for 240,000 Rohingya refugees – over half of whom are children - in eight refugee camps. UNICEF Hygiene Promotion partners are teaching children about handwashing with soap, health and hygiene through…, Scaling up Health Services, UNICEF is working closely with the Government of Bangladesh and Health Sector to scale up health services as part of COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts in Cox’s Bazar. UNICEF is establishing a 200 bed COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre for patients from Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities as part of the Health Sector’s overall goal…, Nutrition, UNICEF is continuing to provide essential services for severely malnourished Rohingya children, who may be at higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. Over 40 per cent of Rohingya households do not eat frequently enough and lack food diversity, while 11 per cent of Rohingya children under five years of age suffer from acute…, Child Protection, For UNICEF, children must remain a priority during this unprecedented pandemic – regardless of their status, where they come from, or where they live. A child is a child. Children will face heightened risks of neglect, exploitation and abuse as they find themselves outside of education and normal routines, with parents who may struggle to cope.…, Education, Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, UNICEF and its partners ensured access to learning for about 216,000 Rohingya children enrolled in 2,500 learning centres. In 2020, UNICEF was due to enter a major new phase for education for Rohingya refugee children. Following a landmark decision by the Government of Bangladesh, UNICEF was on the verge…, Building bridges with the Bangladeshi host community, As the humanitarian response continues, it has become increasingly important to provide services that build bridges with the local community, protect children’s health and nutrition, and offer safe water and sanitation.  The arrival of Rohingya refugees has placed stress on Cox’s Bazar district which already had some of the worst indicators for…, Looking ahead, Three years after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees sought safety in Cox's Bazar, the immense humanitarian effort led by the Government of Bangladesh and supported by a host of generous donors, has stabilized conditions in the Rohingya camps.  However, the task is by no means over and it is made all the more complicated by the dangers…