Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) provide the vital first line of primary health care to Rohingya communities in refugee settlements around Cox’s Bazar. Traveling on foot from house to house, they help educate and inform households on key health issues, collect health data, carry out basic health monitoring and refer patients in need of care. A part of the community themselves, they are able to quickly build trust and rapport. To support CHVs in this crucial work, Community Partners International (CPI) recently launched an initiative to develop a health application for use on handheld devices.
On February, 24, 2018, a third CPI-supported Health Post opened in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to provide lifesaving health services to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Situated in the Potibonia (Camp 16) area of Cox’s Bazar, and operated by CPI local partner Prottyashi, the Health Post provides facility-based and outreach health services to approximately 6,000 people who live in surrounding neighborhoods.
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.
On January 24, 2018, representatives from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and ethnic and community-based health organizations gathered together at the State Health Department in Loikaw, Myanmar, to mark the Kayah State launch of Community Partners International’s (CPI) Better Health Together (BHT) project.
On January 19, 2018, 30 active and skilled members of the Rohingya refugee community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, completed a five-day training course to help prepare them to become Community Health Volunteers. The course was supported and facilitated by Community Partners International (CPI) in association with our community partner Prottyashi, with training participants from Prottyashi and PULSE Bangladesh.