A day in the life of a Rohingya refugee

Rohingya Camp Filippo Grandi UNHCR

Refugees chief Filippo Grandi this weekend heard at first hand the challenges facing Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © UNHCR/Roger Arnold

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Dr. Imtiaz Hafiz, Medical Officer of Primary Health Center at Relief International who also serves as a Clinic in-Charge OPD (Out Patient Department) in the PHC funded by UNICEF at WW Zone, Rohingya Camp. Dr. Imtiaz Hafiz is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

The Rohingya are the world’s most persecuted community who are forcibly displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN). They are not recognised as Myanmar’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982. Nearly all of the Rohingya in Myanmar live in the western coastal state of Rakhine and are not allowed to leave without government permission.

It is one the poorest states in the country with a lack of basic services and opportunities. Recently there has been a major surge of FDMN to Bangladesh due to the hike of persecution and violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar government runs the textbook example of ethnic cleansing in the 21st Century whereas the international community remains silent to solve the issue.

Living conditions

The displaced nationals from Myanmar are living in extremely overcrowded tents made in bare lands or mountains at Bangladesh. The tents are made from bamboos and tarpaulin. The hygiene is compromised resulting in spread of waterborne diseases in the community.

Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases

Infectious diseases are the most prevailing diseases in the community. Tuberculosis has been detected in large numbers of patients whose sputum are positive for acid fast bacilli. Diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections and skin diseases are the common problems. Non communicable disease are less as mostly young people fled. But cases like hypertension and diabetes are reported in the elderly age group.

Reproductive Health

As per the statistics of different NGOs, the average number of children per family is 5. The contraceptive is less among them. So, there are huge number of pregnant ladies in the Rohingya communities. The NGOs are providing antenatal care services and offering normal vaginal delivery services by midwives and birth attendants.

The Rohingya community are mostly unaware of the advantages of the family planning services. The highest reported number of children for a single mother was 21. Most of them reject family planning methods when offered. The lack of education and social stigma amounts to the higher reproduction rate.

Immunization and Nutrition

As they have denied for decades from basic human rights. They have no vaccine coverage. WHO, Government of Bangladesh and allied organizations working to vaccinate the children.

A large portion of the children under 5 are malnourished. Many of them are suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Epidemic Breakout

Any epidemic can bring a massive disaster to the community and whole Bangladesh. As they are huge community so any disease will take less time to spread. This may also endanger the lives of healthcare givers working in the field. There has an outbreak of Diphtheria and Measles in the camps where there has been reported cases of mortality.

Major Organizations working in the field

Médecins Sans Frontières MSF has a hospital with several departments. There have the highest number of health posts where they have indoor facilities in most. Doctors and other health workers work for 24/7 in the posts.

International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has set up a field hospital with two operating theatres, good investigation facilities. They also operate in remote camps and provide health care. Also multiple international red crescents and crosses are working to provide the healthcare to the affected community.

About the author

Dr. Imtiaz Hafiz is working as Medical Officer of Primary Health Center at Relief International. He is also serving as a Clinic in-Charge OPD (Out Patient Department) in the PHC funded by UNICEF at WW Zone, Rohingya Camp. He has finished his graduation and internship in the year 2017 and started to serve the displaced nationals. He has been working for more than 4 months in the camps and counting. During his med student life, he was involved with IFMSA, attended APRM 2014 Bangladesh and MM2015 Turkey. He has served as a local officer on medical education, national officer on medical education and secretary general in the national organization. He has also worked in different IFMSA groups and was a TMET trainer in his term.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

Governments and non-state actors need to take urgent action to meet Paris Agreement goals

An EU Summit without purpose

Can the national and age groups pockets of unemployment cause irreparable damages to Eurozone?

An ECB banker wants to change the European social model

European research priorities for 2021-2027 agreed with member states

German opposition win in Lower Saxony felt all over Europe

5 factors driving the Chinese lawtech boom

Eurozone: How can 200 banks find €400 billion?

A safer, more dignified journey for all migrants, tops agenda at global conference in Marrakech

Liaison Officer – 2020

Draghi tells the EU Parliament his relaxed policies are here to stay

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

EU: Centralised economic governance and bank supervision may lead to new crisis

FROM THE FIELD: A mountain of indigenous knowledge in Peru

Urgently address ‘defining challenges of our time’, to empower youth worldwide, top UN official tells forum

Yemen: ‘A great first step’ UN declares as aid team accesses grain silo which can feed millions

Somalis ‘will not be deterred’ by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an ‘essential pillar’ of international peace, says UN chief

Stability in Europe has no chances because of Ukraine

European Banking Union: no one is perfect

CEOs as activists: should leaders speak up about social causes?

Cyprus President urges collective leadership to address ‘root causes’ of world’s crises

Climate change helped destroy these four ancient civilisations

EU to Google: How to dismantle European search engines in 13 steps

Alcohol abuse kills three million people a year, most of them men – WHO report

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe – 14 June 2016

How energy infrastructure is shaping geopolitics in East Asia

Who is to lose from the 6-month extension of the EU economic sanctions against Russia?

MEPs spell out priorities for the European Central Bank and on banking union

The increasing drug prices in Europe

5 ways students can graduate fully qualified for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India

EU leads the torn away South Sudan to a new bloody civil war

3 lessons from India in creating equal access to vaccines

Responsible Artificial Intelligence

A Sting Exclusive: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Regional Forum

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Employers’ organizations work towards improving the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises

A day in the life of a Venezuelan migrant in Boa Vista, Brazil

Let your fingers do the walking

Stricter rules and tougher sanctions for market manipulation and financial fraud

Progress on gender equality is too slow, says OECD on International Women’s Day

Data and the future of financial services

‘Global clarion call’ for youth to shape efforts to forge peace in the most dangerous combat zones

Health Education, is it a necessity?

India can soar in the robot age. This is how

“China is the only BRICS country to have either met or possibly slightly surpassed my expectations”, BRICS inventor Jim O’ Neil from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

EU Parliament semi worried over democratic deficit

US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium: Statement of Trade Committee Chair

“Leaked” TTIP document breaks post 8th negotiations round silence and opens door to critics

UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims

Europe had a record year for Measles – and it’s partly down to anti-vaccine campaigners

Charlotte in Ghana

Password managers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Here’s why

Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States

How to make primary healthcare a favourable career choice for medical students: Strategies and reflections

Your chocolate can help save the planet. Here’s how

If you live in a big city you already smoke every day

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s