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The Rohingya

For four long years, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyan people have been internally displaced within Burma. Living in makeshift camps, they are dependent on aid for all their basic needs – food, water, shelter and medical care

The Rohingya have been struck with poverty with more than 212 000 Rohingya's living in Ukhai and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox’s Bazar. The huge influx in population means fewer resources are available in the districts proving to be a major issue for the 58% of new arrivals who are children, and 60% who are girls and women (3% pregnant and 7% lactating women). Despite the Bangladesh Army taking charge of relief intervention efforts, resources are still inadequate for the rising number of the population. The United Nations has called the humanitarian crisis, "one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years".

Penny Appeal is currently providing medical health services in the area, including reliable sexual and reproductive healthcare delivery with an emphasis on maternal health and family planning to the Rohingya community. The rapid dehumanisation of the Rohingyan people has become an ethnic cleansing of Myanmar. Human rights violations and destruction are rife, with women raped, children abused and villages burned to the ground. Homes, shops and entire villages are being systematically destroyed. The refugees fleeing the violence are crossing the border injured and ill and need urgent medical attention. The camps in Bangladesh don't have sufficient resources to treat the injured or feed those who haven't eaten in days.


With the help of your donations, Penny Appeal is able to provide one basic operational clinic, and two full time doctors to provide treatment. In addition, we are also training staff and local medical personnel, four health care service providers, with the aim of producing 10 920 primary healthcare consultations over a six month period. We are also able to provide free medicines required to ensure primary health care, the arrangement of medical vehicle/ambulances, the raising of health and hygiene awareness and the proper registration and documentation of consultations and procedures performed. All of these services are essential in ensuring a dignified approach to primary and reproductive health in challenging living conditions. Amongst those who benefit are the approximated 12 000 women of reproductive age, and 13 000 children under the age of 13.

In recent months, Penny Appeal has also reached out to other Camps within Cox Bazaar. Vulnerable Rohingya women and adolescent girls living in camps 4, 11, 12, and 18 are better able to deal with their experiences and address SGBV against them through one-to-one psychosocial counselling provided by Penny Appeal. Adolescent boys and men belonging to Rohingya communities in Camps 11 and 12 who are vulnerable to SGBV are also now supported to address their protection needs. Team members working with Rohingya Refugees have increased capacity to provide effective support with the help of Penny Appeal. These programmes will run until January 2020.

Cat Stevens