The onset of sudden illness or a traumatic injury can be particularly dangerous for the 905,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sheltering in and around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. With populations dispersed over very large areas, often in remote and isolated locations, access to health services is limited. This is particularly the case at night, when many community clinics and other health services are closed. The arrival of the monsoon rains, and the greatly increased risk of floods and landslides, intensifies the urgent need for rapidly accessible, community-based emergency health services for Rohingya refugees.
On February 3, 2018, the six-day Trauma and Emergency Management training workshop held at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, successfully drew to a close. The workshop was attended by 33 medics from 15 clinics serving conflict affected, underserved and hard-to-reach communities in southeast Myanmar where access to medical care for traumatic injuries is limited and landmine contamination remains high. This was the 19th consecutive year that this workshop has been held.