Bangladesh Operational Update – April 2022 – Bangladesh

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April marks the start of the cyclone season and emergency preparedness activities are underway in all camps. This includes refresher training for volunteers who act as first responders in emergencies, the distribution of tie-down kits (rope and wire) to strengthen refugee shelters, and outreach to volunteers through door-to-door visits. door-to-door, group sessions and pre-recorded voice messages. to cell phones. As the monsoon season will follow the cyclone season, monsoon preparedness in the camps is also underway, including reinforcement of structures including flood risk shelters, slope stabilization and maintenance trails, bridges and roads for accessibility.

US Goodwill Ambassador for Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain visited the camps on April 18 and 19 to meet with Rohingya refugees of different faiths. During the discussions, the refugees described the challenges they face in Myanmar and since arriving in Bangladesh.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

  • More than 100 volunteer community health worker supervisors in the camps took part in a workshop facilitated by UNHCR and gender-based violence partners. The objective of the workshop was to increase awareness and understanding of sexual misconduct by aid workers, including sexual exploitation and abuse. Information on victim support and reporting mechanisms was also shared.

  • Training of trainers has started for psychologists to roll out Integrated Adaptive Therapy (IAT) in the camps. The IAT is a brief psychological intervention that has been developed to support refugees and other displaced people, based on evidence-based techniques.

  • Psychologists will train Rohingya volunteers as para-counsellors to carry out counseling activities in their own communities. Research conducted in the camps found that participants who underwent IAT reported statistically significant reductions in symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and persistent complicated grief.
    More than 70 small-scale community disputes have been arbitrated by refugee committees. Refugee committees, supported by UNHCR and its partners, operate in four camps. In addition to mediation, committee members organize meetings to identify community concerns and raise them in camp coordination meetings and with humanitarian partners operating in the camps. Committee members also conduct awareness sessions on various topics, including child marriage and domestic violence.

  • An awareness campaign on skin diseases was carried out by 1,400 community health workers (CHWs) volunteers in the camps.
    More than 100,000 refugees have been reached through visits to shelters and 4,000 have been referred to health services. The deployment of CHWs is part of a multi-sector response led by the health sector following a recent seasonal outbreak of a skin disease in the camps.

  • CHAR BHASAN: The electrification of the joint registration center of UNHCR and the Government of Bangladesh has been completed to allow the continuation of registration activities. Up-to-date identity documents are essential to ensure that refugees have access to all services. The data will also help UNHCR and other actors design programs to support and assist the population. The center will open in May.

More than 600 children (mostly girls) participated in structured psychosocial support sessions led by UNHCR, UNICEF and their partners, in child-friendly spaces on the island.
Three medical specialists have started offering virtual consultations to refugees on the island. This telemedicine model will allow refugees to access mainland-based medical specialists; refugees are cared for by Bhasan Char medical staff who can provide medicine and treatment, and refer them to the mainland if needed.

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