This is an exodus in our time! Help the Rohingya refugees – some of the most persecuted people in our world today!
The displaced Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, remain in an extremely precarious situation despite progress towards meeting their basic and immediate needs. With an uncertain future over returning home to Myanmar, these people have no choice but to rely upon humanitarian aid. For them, every new day in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar is another day of struggle for survival.
Due to the violent nature of events that triggered the exodus of the Rohingya population to Bangladesh with firearms, landmines and other causes of injury, the prevalence of disabilities in the population of Cox’s Bazar refugee camps is higher than the estimated worldwide average of 15%.
Directed by the overarching UN 2020 Joint Response Plan: Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, the humanitarian sector has made important strides in meeting the needs of food, hygiene and primary health care of the displaced population. However, specialised services for persons with disabilities remains a significant gap. There is a vast need for rehabilitation services and assistive devices within the refugee camps. Additionally, due to the violence experienced in the exodus, and the hardship in the camps (aggravated by COVID-19), families are in great need of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services to help overcome the emotional and physical challenges that they face.
WHAT YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT CAN HELP FUND
- Providing home based rehabilitation services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy by a multidisciplinary team capable of responding to the specific requirements of persons from different impairment groups.
- Providing assistive devices such as hearing aids, walking sticks, frames and prosthetic limbs. cbm and its local partner, The Center for Disability in Development (CDD), remain the first and only provider of casting, fitting and gait training services required for prosthetic limbs. This is a much-needed service given the significant number of landmine victims.
- Training caregivers in home therapy to ensure they can provide ongoing in-house rehabilitation services.
- Conducting psychosocial therapies for caregivers and family members who often have higher needs than non-caregivers due to the greater responsibility for household tasks and less social support from their family and spouses.
- Mainstreaming disability inclusion strategies within humanitarian organisations to reach persons with disabilities and feed into the 2021 Joint Response Plan.
- Generating evidence on the importance of an integrated health care services approach.
Your generous support can make a difference to people living with disabilities in these refugee camps by providing 2,580 individuals with specialised support, and 8,200 family members with psychosocial services.