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Violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar, which began on 25 August 2017, has driven an estimated 655,500 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency, as the people came with very few possessions.

They have used most 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.

This is where we come in.


Basic local services 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, raising the risks disease outbreaks.

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


How We Help

Global Emergency Response Team

Medair’s G-ERT deployed on 16 September 2017 to support World Concern Bangladesh in their response to the Rohingya Crisis. Health and nutrition relief workers went to settlements in Kutupalong Extension, Balukhali, and Nayapara to conduct malnutrition assessments, the results of which were shared with the sector coordinating teams to support the planning of the large-scale humanitarian response needed.


Distribution of shelter kits and hygiene kits

For four days, starting on 9 November 2017, World Concern, with the support of Medair, distributed 4,505 shelter kits, and 4,505 hygiene kits to Rohingya living in Thangkhali settlements.

Humanitarian coordination

Technical staff participate in coordination mechanisms, including the sector and technical working groups, to develop guidelines, plans, and materials to improve the quality of the Rohingya response.

Our Impact


people benefited from 4,505 emergency shelter kits containing high-quality tarpaulin, ground sheet, and rope


hygiene kits distributed containing a bucket, cup, jug, body soap, laundry soap, and hygiene items for women

Get Involved

Generous gifts from people like you
World Concern (BGD)
Swiss Solidarity
Tearfund (UK)
World Concern (US)

*Source:  ‘Situation Report: Rohingya Refugee Crises, 14 January 2018, Inter Sector Coordination Group