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Nutrition situation for Rohingya children very worrying: IOM

Sun Online Desk     6th November, 2017 07:12:38 printer

Nutrition situation for Rohingya children very worrying: IOM

Despite all humanitarian aid provided, the nutrition status of Rohingya children under 5 have drastically deteriorated compared to last year.

 

"This situation is very worrying," the IOM said in its latest report released on Sunday night.

 

The nutrition sector and its partners are reviewing the estimation of GAM under 5 caseload and working to go at scale immediately (to date 66 OTPs, 4 stabilisation centres and 54 TSFP/BSFP are established), while in parallel, investigation of the reasons for such deterioration should be considered, it said.

 

Meanwhile, the Social Services Division has identified and registered 22,484 unaccompanied and separated children as of October 28.

 

As of November 4, the Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department registered 405,700 people using biometric registration.

 

The report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The next report will be issued on November 12.

 

Some 609,000 new arrivals are reported as of November 5, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.

 

Since the last situation report on November 2, there have been 4,000 new arrivals.

 

Preliminary results of a nutrition assessment done in October 2017 in Kutapalong Registered Refugee Camps have been released this week.

 

The prevalence of acute malnutrition among children between 6 to 59 months is:
GAM prevalence: 24.3 percent CI (19.5-29.7) – SAM prevalence: 7.5 percent CI(4.9-11.2).

 

The Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) and the Armed Forces Division (AFD) are constructing access roads.

The LGD has completed 72 percent of their 9.25km target while the AFD has completed 5km of their target of 22km.

 

The Rural Electrification Board (REB) extended 9km of electric line and installed 40 security lampposts in the new mega camp area.

 

During the last reporting period, many statistics have changed due to better data collection and better data reporting from partners.

 

Violence in Rakhine State which began on August 25 last has driven the Rohingyas across the border into Cox’s Bazar.

 

The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency.

 

The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since then came with very few possessions.

 

They have used the majority of their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.

 

They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other life-saving needs.

 

Basic services that were available prior to the influx are under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area.

 

In some of the sites that have spontaneously emerged, water and sanitation facilities are limited or of poor quality, with extremely high density raising the risks of an outbreak of disease.

 

The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions.


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