Support MSF’s Emergency Fundraising Campaign for the Rohingya!
- Funds go to Emergency Projects fro Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
A Major Humanitarian Crisis
Since August 25, more than 647,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh, spurred by a campaign of targeted violence against the ethnic minority. The influx still continues up to today.
Refugee settlements in Bangladesh are heavily congested with many shelters on top of each other and sometimes multiple families living in one shelter. They are facing a lack of clean drinkable water, and poor hygiene and sanitation conditions.
It is an acute emergency situation and there are huge humanitarian needs. Emergency response on shelter, water and sanitation, needs to be urgently scaled up and the living conditions need to be massively improved.
In response to the current crisis, MSF has scaled up existing programs for displaced people in areas around Cox’s Bazar District, providing both physical and mental health services. The organization has deployed over 2,000 staff and is running three inpatient facilities, three primary healthcare centres, 15 health posts and two mobile clinics. MSF has treated more than 142,980 patients between August 25 and early December – ten times the figure for the same period last year.
“Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people crammed along a narrow peninsula trying to find what shelter they can. It’s essentially a massive rural slum—and one of the worst slums imaginable.
There are hardly any latrines so people have tried to rig up their own plastic sheeting around four bamboo poles. But there’s nowhere for their waste to go except into the stream below. That’s the same stream that, just 10 meters away, others are using to collect drinking water. This has all the makings of a public health emergency.
Some people are using clothes that they’ve strung together to provide shelter from the elements. But after two days of torrential rain and tropical thunderstorms, some communities’ shelter and few belongings have completely washed away. It’s a horrific situation, and you see the devastation and the absolute lack of any comfort whatsoever.”
_ Kate White, MSF emergency medical coordinator
The Rohingya Need Your Help
As the settlements expand further, there is inequitable access among refugees to basic needs such as healthcare services, food and water. Increased humanitarian services and access to the settlements are urgently needed to ensure aid reaches those who need it the most.
The dense population and poor living conditions in the settlements have also put people at higher risk of public health emergencies, especially vulnerable populations. There have been an increasing number of measles and diphtheria cases, endangering the health and lives of children. Many patients, including children, have been treated for severe malnutrition.
The refugees suffered enormous hardships in Myanmar and are facing challenges in the settlements. More aid is needed to limit their further hardships and to reduce the risk of public health problems.
Until the end of January 2018, MSF Korea will raise funds specifically for the Rohingya in refugee settlements in Bangladesh.
Donate to support the Rohingya who have been forced to leave their homes and cross the border, and are now refugees. MSF needs your urgent support to respond to this humanitarian crisis.
If you want to make a difference for the Rohingya refugees, please join our emergency fundraising campaign now.
Online www.donate.msf.or.kr (One-off Donation > Rohingya Emergency)
Bank Transfer Shinhan Bank 140-009-508856 (Account: MSF)
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About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization, founded in 1971. In over 70 countries around the world, MSF provides urgent medical humanitarian assistance for people in need caught in conflict zones, epidemics, natural disasters, or exclusion from health care.
Over 30,000 MSF aid workers work in the extremely difficult and neglected places around the world. MSF aid workers are professionals in various fields such as doctors, nurses, logisticians, administrators, and mental health specialists. Their actions are based on medical ethics, and they deliver medical aid to the people who need it most, regardless of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.
The reason why MSF can operates independently, quickly, and flexibly in an urgent situation is that MSF limits the rate of public funding. 95% of MSF’s funding comes from individual donors and private.
(Mohammad Ghannam/MSF). Um Kalsoum lost two children in the August 25, 2017 killings in her village. She and her 18-month-old boy survived and are now in a camp in Bangladesh.