Following the recent crisis in Myanmar, which we are responding to along with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), thousands of children are at risk of severe malnutrition in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
In the past six weeks, more than half a million Rohingya have arrived here, fleeing horrific violence and bloodshed.
145,000 children who have recently arrived in Cox’s Bazar need urgent nutritional support, as well as more than 50,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Director of our Emergency Health Unit, Dr Unni Krishnan, recently visited the area. He says:
“We’re seeing an alarming number of children arriving in Bangladesh after fleeing their homes in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. Here they are exposed to grim living conditions in camps where they don’t have good hygiene, where there is dirty, contaminated water everywhere and where they have no choice but to rely on food rations to survive.”
Our DEC Partnership
The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan International UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.
We need your help to scale up our response
We’ve deployed nutrition experts and our Emergency Health Unit.
We’re dispatching health and nutrition teams to provide breastfeeding support for women, treatment for infant malnutrition, primary healthcare and emotional support for mothers.
However, the scale of the crisis is enormous. We risk falling behind as the situation continues to worsen.