Rohingya Refugee Response

Cox’s Bazar hosts the largest refugee camp in the world with nearly 884,000 Rohingya refugees and 472,000 affected host community members in need of day-to-day support. CARE has been at the forefront of the humanitarian community by providing integrated humanitarian assistance in ensuring critical and immediate life-saving support to refugees and host communities since the beginning of the crisis, and addressed gender-specific needs since the start of this influx on 25 August 2017.

Starting with food, shelter, and non-food items back in 2017, CARE’s support extended to different sectors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), protection, prevention and mitigation of Gender-based Violence (GBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Site Management and Site Development (SMSD), capacity-building of UNICEF’s partners in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), and site coordination with gender and monsoon preparedness integrated into all activities. Currently, CARE is managing camps 13, 14 and 16 ensuring fully integrated programming, including infrastructure development in Camp 19, and providing response to Camp 11, 12, and 15. CARE also has direct recipients in camps 11, 12 and 15 and in host communities, while through CMAM capacity-building, indirectly reached all locations across all camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf districts.

CARE’s work till June 2021 has reached over 330,000 people in both refugee camps and host community members, among which majority are women and girls. Between July 2019- June 2022, CARE aims to bring further tangible positive impacts in the lives of at over 170,000 people through gender, protection, sexual and reproductive health (SRH); shelter and site management; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and nutrition support.

COVID-19 Response:

Since COVID-19 first hit the camps in May last year, CARE in Bangladesh has been actively involved in COVID-19 response in the form of awareness-raising and training, providing psychosocial services and GBV support through Women and Girls’ Safe Space (WGSS), setting up water, sanitation, and hygiene facility e.g. Handwashing devices and water purification systems, distributing mask and health-hygiene materials, supporting vaccine campaign etc.; in coordination with the govt. counterparts, UN, and other development partners. There has been a recent surge of COVID-19 infections in the camps with 2,409 infections and 28 deaths so far since the outbreak. (as of 10 Aug, 2021)

Vaccination support:

Bangladesh Government started vaccination drive for Rohingya Refugees from 10 August 2021. During the first round of the campaign (Aug 10-Aug 18) over 48,000 of the nearly 900,000 refugees are planned to be vaccinated.

Isolation Center inauguration:

On August 1, CARE Bangladesh opened a 40-bed isolation center in Rohingya Camp 4 Extension at Cox's Bazar to treat and support the Rohingya community with mild to severe COVID-19 symptoms. The center is well-equipped with separate dormitories, washrooms and bathing spaces for male and female patients where doctors, ambulance, medicines, oxygen support, and COVID-19 sample collection services are available around-the-clock.

Sector Total Reach Women and Girls
CARE total reach Over 330,000 Over 183,000
Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Over 80,000 Over 38,000
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Over 70,000 Over 36,000
Gender-based Violence (GBV) Over 120,000 Over 67,000
Site Management and Site Development (SMSD) Over 96,000 Over 48,000
Host communities Over 141,000 Over 85,000