COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - UNICEF is launching a US$76.1 million appealfor its emergency humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in southern Bangladesh.
The appeal will cover the immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before
Up to 60 per cent of the 500,000-plus Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children. Most are now living in harsh and insanitary conditions in makeshift camps and settlements spread across the district of Cox's Bazar.
"Desperate, traumatized children and their families are fleeing the violence in Myanmar every day. We are scaling up our response as fast as we can, but the magnitude of need is immense and we must be able do more to help them. These children are being denied a childhood. They need our help now and they need our help to have a future," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who is visiting southern Bangladesh.
Expanding the provision of safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene for Rohingya children is the overriding priority of the appeal, amid concerns over a possible outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. The majority of Rohingya children are not fully immunized against diseases such as polio.
An oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting all children over 1 years old is planned in October, and 900,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in Bangladesh on October 7, possibly earlier.
An earlier UNICEF appeal for US$7 million has been expanded to reflect the fast-growing scale of the crisis.
Under the response plan, UNICEF will:
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SOURCE UNICEF Canada
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