The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Improving maternal health in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is more critical…
Since August, over 800,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for sanctuary in Bangladesh. (Photos by Josh Estey)
Every Mother Counts deployed an emergency grant from the Maternal & Child Health Emergency Fund for $35,000 to HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh to address the urgent needs of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Our Maternal & Child Health Emergency Fund allows for us to quickly respond to women and children during times of natural disaster, armed conflict and public health crises.
The Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar following the military ethnic cleansing crusade of massacre, rape and torture. Many of these refugees are mothers, some of whom are pregnant or have small children, and have traveled over 150 miles by foot — arriving to the displacement camps sick from mental and physical stress, starvation and injury.
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, founder of HOPE Foundation and Every Mother Counts’ grantee partner since 2015, is working to address the health care needs of the Rohingya refugees. HOPE Foundation, in conjunction with the UNFPA and additional funders, has mobilized to provide medical care on-site in the camps through six medical centers – delivering emergency care, primary health care and maternal health care. They have also set up mobile health teams, transporting patients to facilities for further care, and have deployed a large number of health workers to the area. By mid-December, there will be a 40-bed field hospital.
This past October, humanitarian photographer Josh Estey traveled to Cox’s Bazar to shed light on the experience of being pregnant in an already vulnerable situation, as well as to highlight the care being provided by HOPE Foundation. Here are some of the stories:
Click here to learn more about HOPE Foundation’s work and to see more photos from Josh.