Media Outlets Continue To Report On Health Challenges Facing Rohingya Refugees, Responses To Crisis

International Business Times: As malnutrition rises at alarming rate among Rohingya children, U.S. mulls slapping sanctions on Myanmar
“The United Nations on Friday warned that malnutrition among the Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh has reached life-threatening levels. The U.N.’s children’s agency cited preliminary data to claim that nearly 7.5 percent of the children crammed into one of the camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district were at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition. … United States lawmakers have proposed sanctions against Myanmar’s military. The decision is some of the strongest effort yet taken by the U.S. to pressure Myanmar to end its abusive treatment of the Rohingya Muslim community…” (Tripathi, 11/5).

U.N. News Centre: Thousands of Rohingyas cross into Bangladesh overnight; child malnutrition soars in camps — U.N.
“…UNICEF and partners are treating over 2,000 acutely malnourished children at 15 treatment centres, with six additional centres currently being set up. The agency is also working with health partners to identify and treat diarrhoea and pneumonia, and will be conducting mass vaccination and nutrition screening campaigns this month…” (11/3).

VOA News: UNICEF: Malnutrition Rates Soar Among Rohingya Refugee Children
“…The recently conducted survey in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar shows 7.5 percent of Rohingya refugee children suffer from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF says this is at least two times higher than what was seen among the children in May — about four months before the mass exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state began. … More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar since August 25. Approximately 25,000 live in the Kutupalong camp, where the nutritional assessment was carried out. UNICEF says the refugees face an acute shortage of food and water. That problem, coupled with the unsanitary conditions, is giving rise to high rates of diarrhea, respiratory infections, and other ailments…” (Schlein, 11/3).

VOA News: Rohingya Children in Cox’s Bazar to be Vaccinated Against Cholera
“The second phase of a campaign to vaccinate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugee children against cholera gets underway Saturday in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The oral cholera vaccination campaign, which is being led by the World Health Organization, is targeting nearly 180,000 children between the ages of one and five years. They will receive an additional dose of the vaccine for added protection…” (Schlein, 11/4).

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