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Bangladesh

Why are we There?

  • Social violence/Healthcare exclusion
  • Natural disaster
  • Severe malnutrition

Our Work

2014

  • Many of the undocumented Rohingya who fled violence and persecution in Myanmar have been living in makeshift camps close to the Bangladeshi border for decades, yet they continue to suffer from discrimination and healthcare exclusion. 
  • In the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar, Médecins Sans Frontières runs a clinic providing comprehensive basic and emergency healthcare to refugees and the host community, as well as inpatient and laboratory services and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.
  • Some 80,000 outpatient and over 1,200 inpatient consultations were carried out during the year. More than 3,000 mental health consultations were undertaken. Approximately 6,000 women attended an initial antenatal consultation.

 

Poor living conditions in Slums

  • In Kamrangirchar and Hazaribagh, teams visited factories and tanneries and conducted more than 4,450 outpatient consultations. Médecins Sans Frontières is looking for ways to increase access to healthcare for workers in these industries, many of whom work in hazardous conditions for long hours.
  • Teams also continued a sexual and reproductive health programme for adolescent girls aged 10 to 19 years. More than 7,700 consultations were carried out, 460 births assisted and 1,070 mental health consultations were conducted for social problems such as intimate partner violence.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières also monitored the vaccination status of children and administered more than 3,560 measles and 3,050 polio vaccines supplied by the health ministry.

 

Malaria Emergency

  • Médecins Sans Frontières supported the health ministry’s response to a major outbreak of malaria in the remote area of Bandabaran, Chittagong Hill Tracts, in August 2014.
  • More than 2,280 people received treatment during the three-month intervention.

 

Kala azar Research

  • In Fulbaria, Mymensingh district, Médecins Sans Frontières continued researching a treatment for post-kala azar dermal leishmaniasis.

 

For the latest news on where we work visit: http://activityreport.msf.org/

Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 1985 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 324 staff in Bangladesh.

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