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U.N., Bangladesh Health Ministry Begin Cholera Immunization Campaign Among Rohingya Refugees; Aid Agencies Face Nutrition, WASH Challenges In Camps

Associated Press: U.N. starts cholera vaccinations in Bangladesh among Rohingya
“U.N. agencies and Bangladesh’s health ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the water-borne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. No cases of the potentially life-threatening diarrheal disease have yet appeared in makeshift camps in Bangladesh…” (Jain, 10/10).

IRIN: Malnutrition stalks Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
“…As the crisis pushes into a seventh week, refugees are facing another challenge: the risks of malnutrition. Many Rohingya refugees are going hungry as aid groups and the government struggle to reach the sprawling camps with consistent food supplies. One in five children in the camps is malnourished, according to Action Against Hunger, or ACF, which has been screening young children for malnutrition at a feeding center in Kutupalong camp…” (d’Unienville/Trenchard, 10/9).

VOA News: Lack of Toilets, Clean Drinking Water Pose Cholera Threat in Rohingya Camps
“…To help combat a potential health emergency, aid groups are hurriedly installing thousands of tube wells for clean drinking water and as many latrines as they can. Asif Saleh, a senior director with the Bangladeshi relief organization BRAC, said it was targeting installation of 15,000 latrines by Oct. 15…” (Freeman, 10/10).

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