Among the many challenges that the aid agencies working among the Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh faced, perhaps the most important was how they would operate round-the-clock.
Nearly a million Rohingyas from Myanmar have sought refuge in the border towns of Bangladesh after a spate of violence in their home state of Rakhine in western Myanmar triggered a mass exodus months ago.
The Bangladesh government provided large swathes of land to build makeshift settlements for the incoming refugees. But the cash-stricken developing nation has struggled to build the infrastructure needed to address perhaps the worst refugee crisis in recent human history.
“With close to one million people living in overcrowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar, health needs are enormous among Rohingya refugees,” said Mariam Abdelkerim-Spijkerman, the IOM Emergency Health Officer in Cox’s Bazar. “This is quite evident from the close to 80,000 consultations that IOM’s health teams have carried out since 25 August, the …