As World Humanitarian Day approaches, we hear from Rohingya and Bangladeshi humanitarian workers, supported by Community Partners International (CPI), providing essential services to refugees and local communities in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.
In 2021, Community Partners International (CPI) began working with Rohingya traditional birth attendants in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, to encourage pregnant refugee women to give birth safely in health facilities. The results are astonishing.
World Menstrual Hygiene Day: “When we first started, many women and girls didn’t know about sanitary pads.”
Around the world, displaced women and girls face challenges accessing good menstrual hygiene. To mark World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we speak to Sweety and Naznin, about their work to help Rohingya refugee women and girls in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, access hygiene and sanitation during menstruation.
For Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, finding enough safe water to meet their daily needs can be difficult and exhausting. A new water network, built with Community Partners International's support, provides 800 Rohingya refugees with easy access to a reliable, safe water supply for their essential drinking, washing, and cooking needs.
Families in Doria Nagar, Bangladesh, have struggled for years to access safe and affordable water for drinking and washing. Over the last year, a newly-installed water network supported by Community Partners International (CPI) is providing them with safe water at one sixth of the cost of their previous supply.
Two months after the opening of mental health and psychosocial support services at the Health Post in Camp 1W of Kutupalong Refugee Camp supported by Community Partners International (CPI), dozens of Rohingya refugees and Bangladesh host community members have sought assistance. Health Post psychologist Rahima Preety talks about the challenges they face and how she works to help them.
International Women’s Day: “There are many girls suffering in silence, too shy to talk about health issues.”
Raju, 51, lives in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She works as a Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) volunteer supported by Community Partners International (CPI) and local partner Green Hill helping Rohingya refugee women and girls to access essential health services. To mark International Women’s Day, Raju spoke to Community Partners International about her work and community, and the health and hygiene challenges faced by women and girls.
An ER Doctor’s Testimony: “Every shift can seem like a tragedy novel. We try our best to save every life we can.”
When Dr. Ashim started working at the COVID-19 Isolation Unit at Sadar Hospital, Cox’s Bazar, in late 2020, Bangladesh was in the midst of a severe wave of COVID-19. “The pressure was very intense,” he explains. “We were overwhelmed with the number of patients. We had 20 beds but we were receiving more than 40 patients each day. We had to turn some patients away because we didn’t have enough space. The Emergency Department was also full.”
Moments after the health post’s doors opened for the very first time on Thursday, December 2, 2021, eight-year-old Omme came in with her father Abul. She was suffering from abdominal pain and fever. The doctor on duty saw Omme immediately and provided care. “Everyone is helpful here,” remarked Abul. “The doctor listened carefully and gave my daughter medicine. I am happy.”
For Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, cholera is an ever-present threat. The cramped and crowded conditions, limited access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, and seasonal flooding create an environment in which cholera can quickly take hold. Rohingya volunteers supported by Community Partners International (CPI) and local partner Green Hill are assisting a cholera vaccination campaign that has successfully reached 96% of refugees in their catchment areas since October 10.